Photo of a mountain lion. Photo by Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons
Photo of a mountain lion, not the dangerous big cat in Azusa. Photo by Tony Hisgett via Wikimedia Commons

Terrified residents in Azusa spotted a large mountain lion Friday roaming their neighborhood streets, sparking home evacuations and a school lock down before the dangerous big cat was tranquilized by game wardens and carted off for release into the wild.

Reports began coming in just before 11 a.m. about a “large cat” roaming the neighborhood in the 500 block of East Sixth Street, according to the Azusa Police Department.

After officers arrived a resident pointed them to the lion, which by then was up a tree, police said.

“Officers checked and confirmed a large mountain lion, approximately 140 pounds in size, was located about 30 feet up a tree in the back yard of a residence,” according to a police statement. “Additional officers responded and evacuated the nearby residential area, Slauson Park and requested that Lee School be placed on lock down for the safety of students and staff.”

California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel arrived and about 1:25 p.m. used tranquilizer darts to immobilize the cougar, which was safely removed from the tree with the help of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, police said.

The school lockdown and evacuations were then lifted.

The lion would be released in the wild, according to a Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman.

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— City News Service

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