GILROY -- Three days after a young mountain lion was captured in Mountain View, then released back into the wild, a second mountain lion -- or was it the first mountain lion for the second time this week? -- was spotted in a creek bed near Christmas Hill Park.

Gilroy police and park staff responded to the reported sighting shortly after noon Friday, but after a search of the area on the ranch side of the park, they failed to locate the animal.

The area where the cat was spotted, and then disappeared, is near a mountain lion habitat, so there's no way of knowing for sure whether it was the puma that ended up in an alley in Silicon Valley on Tuesday. That big cat, dubbed 46M by researchers from the Puma Project at UC Santa Cruz, was shot with a tranquilizer dart, caged, and returned to a more suitable habitat.

Police issued an advisory reminding the public not to squat if confronted by a mountain lion, but to "wave your arms slowly and speak firmly in a loud voice." It didn't mention what you're supposed to say to a mountain lion.

Contact Bruce Newman at 408-920-5004. Follow him at twitter.com/BruceNewmanTwit.



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