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GPS Reveals Big Cat Spent 9 Hours Watching Downtown Mountain View Pedestrians

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A mountain lion is safely tranquilized after being seen near a Mountain View neighborhood on May 6, 2014. (Mountain View Police)

A mountain lion is safely tranquilized after being seen near a Mountain View neighborhood on May 6, 2014. (Mountain View Police)

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – A massive mountain lion cornered at an apartment complex in Mountain View on May 6th reveals a long, winding journey around the residential South Bay, according to just-released tracking device data.

The cat, known by researchers as 46m, wandered out of the Santa Cruz Mountains and went traipsing aroung Egan Junior High in Los Altos before checking in on countless backyards. He then swung by Target on Showers Dr. before finally ending up at the corner of California and Rengstorff Avenues in Mountain View.

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The GPS device, placed on the cat by the group Santa Cruz Pumas, recorded the mountain lion hanging out under a bush for 9.5 hours, watching people, cars and bikes pass by.

“That’s pretty scary if you really think about it, you know with kids and everybody around,” said Manny Ramos of Mountain View.

“It could have ate somebody, killed somebody,” said another concerned resident.

He was eventually spotted and cornered under an SUV, where he met with the business end of a stun gun.

He was later released back into the wild.

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