A juvenile upland lion that spent 2 weeks astatine the San Diego Humane Society's Ramona Wildlife Center was released backmost into the Santa Ana Mountains successful Orange County by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it was announced Friday.
The 1-year-old sub-adult antheral lion arrived connected July 13 aft being captured by the CDFW successful coordination with Mission Viejo Animal Services successful Mission Viejo. There had been repeated reports of sightings successful the Orange County neighborhood, starring wildlife officials to seizure the upland lion and bring him to SDHS's Ramona Wildlife Center for valuation nether the attraction of the organization's Project Wildlife team.
The cougar was released precocious Thursday night.
Prior to release, the Project Wildlife veterinary squad performed a afloat exam nether sedation that included laboratory work, X-rays and a dental exam. The diligent was treated for parasites, fixed fluids and monitored by the attraction squad to guarantee helium was acceptable to past connected his ain successful a much suitable country wrong his location territory.
One of 2 orphaned upland lion cubs was released backmost into the chaotic aft it was rehabilitated successful San Diego County.
The Project Wildlife squad successful Ramona is the archetypal successful California to enactment nether the absorption of CDFW to rehab upland lions with the volition of releasing them backmost into the wild.
"Mountain lions are successful galore communities successful Southern California, but it is important to retrieve they request to stay chaotic astatine bosom and not get comfy astir radical -- for everyone's safety,'' said Christine Barton, manager of operations and wildlife rehabilitation astatine the SDHS Ramona Campus. " They are peculiar predators, and we are arrogant to person an adept squad trusted by the authorities of California successful this aviator programme to attraction for the taxon present astatine the Ramona Wildlife Center.''
An orphaned upland lion cub who arrived astatine the San Diego Humane Society's Project Wildlife Ramona field is successful amended information aft weeks of intensive attraction by the aesculapian staff.
Each year, SDHS treats astir 13,000 injured, orphaned and sick chaotic animals. In 2020, SDHS announced a caller Ramona Campus, wherever they specialize successful caring for autochthonal apex predators and birds of prey, including hawks, owls, eagles, coyotes, bears, bobcats and, nether peculiar aviator authorization, upland lions.