Residents spot Union City mountain lion

Police in Union City searched for a mountain lion that was reportedly seen by a creek Saturday afternoon.

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Officers had searched a trail by Alameda Creek behind Carr Way after a resident spotted the lion around 1:30 p.m., Union City police Sgt. Shansab said. When officers arrived to the scene, two other residents were walking in the area and said they also saw the big cat, Shansab said.

Officers searched for the animal without success and cleared the scene about an hour later, according to police. Police are advising residents in the area to keep small pets inside.

There have been previous reports of mountain lions seen on the east side of town near the Mission hills, however the area of today’s sightings was several miles away on the other side of the city, west of Interstate Highway 880, Shansab said.

Anyone who may encounter the mountain lion is advised to not approach it and call 911. More information on mountain lions is available by visiting http://www.keepmewild.org.