Mountain lion sighted in backyard of Hercules home

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Mountain lion sighted in backyard of Hercules home
Photo credit: Hercules Police Department

A Hercules resident captured video footage of a mountain lion in their backyard early Monday, according to the Hercules Police Department.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the Ben Lomond neighborhood off Village Parkway. The lion caused no damage and there were no pets in the yard, but police notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. “At this time they are gathering their resources for a response,” according to the HPD.

Police officials noted that the Ben Lomond neighborhood “backs up to I-80 and has a long stretch of green belt and grassy area behind and around it.” Extreme heat and drought conditions are prompting wildlife to seek food and water in areas they would not normally enter, police said.

In May, a rare mountain lion sighting was reported in Point Richmond.

“Be aware of the potential for wildlife to enter your yards, especially at night when its cooler out, and take precautions where your pets are concerned,” HPD stated in its advisory. “If you see a mountain lion in your yard or neighborhood do not approach them, call the police.”