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Mountain lion spotted near Alturas tranquilized, will be relocated

The mountain lion spotted in the city of Alturas Wednesday morning has been safely tranquilized and will be relocated, according to the Modoc County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: May 5, 2021 8:01 PM
Updated: May 6, 2021 1:00 PM

UPDATE: 12:52 p.m., Thursday, May 6, 2021 - The mountain lion spotted in the city of Alturas Wednesday morning has been safely tranquilized and will be relocated, according to the Modoc County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities were able to track the mountain lion early in the morning. The cat was found close to the city of Alturas.

The Mountain lion has been safely tranquilized and will be relocated. Credit: Modoc County Sheriff's Office Facebook

The Modoc County Sheriff's Office shared this photo to Facebook on Wednesday, warning residents of a mountain lion spotted near the city of Alturas.

The sheriff's office thanked the Department of Fish & Wildfire staff, along with a state trapper and a retired trapper. 

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UPDATE: 10:00 p.m. - The mountain lion was located and Fish and Wildlife and Modoc County deputies are on the scene. 

Deputies ask people to stay out of the area of West C Street, Nagle Street and 12th Street as traffic will interfere with tracking.

If you live in the area, please stay inside your home and keep pets indoors. 

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MODOC COUNTY, Calif. - The Modoc County Sheriff is urging everyone to be on the lookout for a mountain lion in the Alturas area.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local law enforcement are searching for this lion, spotted several times throughout the day in Alturas, as early as 11 a.m. near an elementary school.

Sheriff Tex Dowdy said this is particularly concerning since mountain lions are typically reclusive and do not usually show up in populated areas in broad daylight.

If you see the lion, call 911 and keep close tabs on kids and pets for the time being.

LION INCIDENT UPDATE: The Mountain Lion has been spotted. Fish & Wildlife, MCSO and APD are on scene. Please stay out of...

Posted by Modoc County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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