A fire crew fueling a truck at a service center saw something early Monday morning they probably don't want to see every day: a mountain lion resting on the grass about 50 yards away.

The cat made the grassy area at the Pleasanton Operations Service Center, located at 3333 Busch Road, his place to rest around 4:30 a.m., Pleasanton police Sgt. Penelope Tamm said. It did not approach the firefighters as they filled their engine, and nobody was injured. The lion eventually returned to the open space near the area without human interaction, Tamm said.

Big cats have been spotted on more than one occasion in Pleasanton in the past year, but there have been no reported attacks on people or pets. Police advise citizens not to jog alone in parklands or rural areas, that feeding deer is illegal and that they should never approach a mountain lion. Standing upright, waving arms and making a loud noise are advised when someone has a close encounter with the animals.

Police also advise any citizens who see a mountain lion that might be dangerous to call 911.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.



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