Police Detain Mountain Lion Trying To Walk In Hair Salon

Local police officers and animal control were called to contain a mountain lion in Irvine California Tuesday when the feline tried to enter to enter a hair salon.

A quick-reacting receptionist at Bishops Salon outside the Sand Canyon Plaza by Waterworks Way and Odyssey closed a glass door on a mountain lion at about 1:15 p.m., preventing it from entering the store.

“I just heard a commotion outside, and I just looked up, and all of sudden, I just see this lion coming out of nowhere,” employee Rukkus said.

“At first, I thought it was a robbery or maybe a shooting,” employee Claire Leenerts said. “It was very scary. I’m looking over and I just see it slammed right into our glass.”

A veterinarian examined the two-year-old mountain lion, who is in good health and will be released soon.

“We are not lion, we had a purr-ty scary situation on our paws today,” Irvine Police said on social media. “As our claw-enforcement officers arrived, the lion ran towards the shopping center nearly causing a fur-enzy as it is uncommon for a mountain lion to be seen in Irvine.”

“Thankfully our officers are not scaredy cats and purr-sued the big kitty into a business area,” police added.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) said there have been a growing number of interactions between people and mountain lions. The CDFW advises people not to run if they encounter a mountain lion, as doing so may trigger a chase, catch and kill response. Instead, it’s important to face the animal, make noise and look bigger by waving your arms. Squatting may make a person look like a four-legged animal, which would trigger an aggressive response from the cougar.

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