SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, July 3, a mountain lion that was captured in San Francisco was found dead on the freeway in Pacifica.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Johnston, the mountain lion was struck by a car around 7:30 a.m. on Highway 1 just north of Skyline Boulevard.
In a phone interview with Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ken Paglia told the San Francisco News:
“There were a couple of ways to confirm that this was the same mountain lion, it was a collared mountain but ultimately they just looked at its ear tag and that’s how they verified the mountain lion.” Paglia added, “We will take it to a lab so we could perform a necropsy on it, so we could use data for future usage.”
This was a 15-month old, 68-pound male mountain lion that was released into the Peninsula after it was captured and checked out. According to Vice President, Marketing & Communications of the Oakland Zoo, Erin Harrision, there was a chance the mountain lion’s mother was hit and killed in South San Francisco, just a few days before he was seen.