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Police: Unconfirmed Report of Mountain Lion Sighting in Montclair

A caller reported seeing the cougar on Merriewood Drive Thursday morning.

This photo of a mountain lion was taken in Santa Clara County.
This photo of a mountain lion was taken in Santa Clara County.
Oakland police received an unconfirmed report of a mountain lion spotted about 11 a.m. Thursday in or near the 5900 block of Merriewood Drive in Oakland's Montlair district, according to a community announcement from Oakland Police Department Lt. Christopher Bolton.

"The caller stated that the animal ran away shortly after being spotted," the announcement says.

"At this time, no threat to public safety is perceived."

The OPD recommends the following websites for more information on ountain lions and mountain lion sightings:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/lion/lion_faq.html 

http://mountainlion.org/FAQfrequentlyaskedquestions.asp

For a recent Patch report on a current study of mountain lions in the East Bay, see "Scientists to Trap and Tag East Bay Mountain Lions for Study."

[Have you spotted a mountain lion? Add the location of your sighting to Patch's mountain lion map.]

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