Police say a young mountain lion that was trapped in an aqueduct near downtown Santa Cruz has been tranquilized.
Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark says a member of the Puma Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz successfully drugged the untagged adolescent cat shortly after noon Thursday and planned to place it back in its habitat.
Authorities and officials with the Santa Cruz County Animal Control, state fish and wildlife, and animal rights groups spent hours trying to coax the lion from the aqueduct without injury after it was first spotted wandering the city around 4 a.m.
The lion became trapped after jumping into the concrete aqueduct on the San Lorenzo River. The cat was attempting to escape the aqueduct but could not scale its high wall.
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