California family finds mountain lion in garage

May 25, 2011 - 10:12 AM
Captured Cougar

A photo provided bv the Hesperia Code Enforcement shows a mountian lion peering from his hiding place inside a Hesperia, Calif., Family's garage Tuesday May 24, 2011. The mountain lion was eventually sedated by California State Fish and Game Biologists and released back into the wild. (AP PHOTO/ BILL DeBORD/ HESPERIA CODE ENFORCEMENT)

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — A California father of five rooting around his garage for what he thought was a raccoon or other small critter was suddenly face-to-face with a mountain lion.

Jesse Taylor's wife called 911 Tuesday morning after he discovered the big cat in the garage of their home in Hesperia, a Mojave Desert community about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

The Victorville Daily Press reports neighbors had seen the mountain lion roaming the area since Friday.

California Fish and Game, Hesperia Animal Control and San Bernardino County sheriff's officials showed up, tranquilized the cougar and released it in the San Bernardino National Forest.