Several reports of a mountain lion sighting were received at the Red Bluff Police Department early Sunday morning.

The first came in at 1:12 a.m. behind the Villa Columba housing complex at 460 Main St. The caller said the mountain lion was in the 400 block of Rio Street traveling south toward Red Bluff River Park, a Red Bluff Police release said.

A second call came in at 1:17 a.m. and reported the mountain lion was in the 500 block of Rio Street.

Officers responded to the park and did a search of the area, finding the mountain lion to be under a picnic table about 50 feet from the Sacramento River.

The animal traveled north along the riverbank and officers eventually lost sight of it.

The California Department of Fish and Game was contacted by Red Bluff Police. It was determined that the mountain lion was in its natural habitat near the river and at the time did not pose a risk to humans.

Red Bluff River Park was closed at the time of the incident, however, officers did contact a woman sleeping inside the park and she was given transport out of the area.

Red Bluff Police contacted staff at the Riverside Bar and Grill, which was in close proximity to where the mountain lion had been seen.

Staff was advised of the sighting since the restaurant’s patio seating overlooks the Sacramento River.

Staff Writer Julie Zeeb can be reached at 527-2153, extension 115, or at

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