According to the Christian Science Monitor, a janitor found the lion in the courtyard of an office building at 6 am. If you’re not familiar with Santa Monica, it is a densely-populated small city directly between the city of Los Angeles and the ocean. It is a part of Los Angeles County.
It wasn’t immediately known how the cat ended up in the middle of the city. The National Park Service has been monitoring 22 mountain lions with GPS radio-collars more than two miles away in the Santa Monica Mountains.
A typical home range for mountain lions is around 200 square miles for adult males, said the agency that has been conducting a study since 2002 in the Santa Monica Mountains to determine how urbanization is affecting the large cats.
Hundreds of mountain lion sightings are reported every year in California, but attacks on humans are rare. Between 1890 and 2007, there have only been 16 attacks in the state, according to Fish and Game statistics.
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Photo: AP/Santa Monica Police Department