A mountain lion was discovered near the Brentwood County Club, that is bordered by San Vicente and Montana, around 10 a.m. on October 27. It appears the animal did not realize only members were allowed on the course.
The cat was next seen hiding in the wooded area between the DWP building off Gretna Green and the golf course.
Students at the Brentwood Science Magnet Elementary School were at recess, but at 10:20 a.m. teachers and students were told to immediately return to the classrooms, lock the doors and remain inside until further notice.
About 10 minutes later school staff and students were told “There’s a mountain lion that has been spotted at the golf course.”
State Department of Fish and Wildlife were notified and called to the scene so the lion could be tranquilized and moved to a more appropriate location.
According to reports from the scene, the lion bolted when wildlife officials tried to approach it.
Around 1:25 p.m., the puma was seen running out of bushes towards the golf course,
Students inside Brentwood were kept inside for the duration of the school day, with lunches brought to the classroom – and no afternoon recess. Students are usually dismissed at Gretna Green, but on this day, they left off Bundy.
The mountain lion was later captured in the yard of a home, off San Vicente Boulevard and Carmelina Avenue, after it had been shot twice with tranquilizer darts.
The cat was healthy, and it had not been collared or tagged. It will be released into the Angeles National Forest.
Palisades Senior Lead Officer Brian Espin was on site, when the cat was being readied for transport and provided the picture.
Only you could make a story like this funny. I vote the cougar be given a guest pass to return, as long as he calls first.
BTW, a couple of years ago, Fish and Game took a cougar out of a tree in my backyard. As they loaded the snoozing cougar into the pickup, my close-up view was wonderful. The cougar was in experienced, careful hands and I was a little sorry he wouldn’t be back to my yard.