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Mountain Lion Sighting Prompts Shelter-in-Place at Berkeley Lab

A mountain lion sighting at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Thursday afternoon triggered a "shelter in place" warning for many lab employees. It was later lifted after the cougar appeared to have left the area.

Parts of Lawrence Berkeley Lab received a shelter-in-place alert Thursday afternoon after authorities said a mountain lion was spotted in the area, according to Berkeleyside.

The sighting also caused McMillan Road to close down temporarily. 

Staff received an email alerting them about the sighting around 1:47 p.m. The area was cleared by authorities around 2:30 p.m.

A number of mountain lion sightings have been reported around the lab and Berkeley campus and in other areas of the East Bay hills, including those in El Cerrito.

The lab reported another mountain lion sighting the day before, Wednesday, about 6:10 a.m.

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