SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - A mountain lion left a neighborhood on edge Thursday morning after it was spotted in a tree. The mountain lion was in a tree at East Cliff Drive and 17th Avenue.
According to KSBW, the big cat stayed in the tree for three hours in an area near neighborhoods and East Cliff Village Shopping Center.
The mountain lion apparently watched as a crowd arrived at the scene, according to KSBW.
Fish and Wildlife arrived at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and the mountain lion, which was estimated to be approximately 80 pounds, was tranquilized with a dart.
KSBW reports the Santa Cruz Puma Project will put a tracking color on the mountain lion. The cat will be taken back to the wild.