PACIFIC PALISADES -- Residents in the Pacific Palisades are on edge after a 250 pound mountain lion was spotted in a neighborhood off Sunset Boulevard.
The unusually large cat was spotted around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night roaming the streets near Temescal Canyon Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, according to officers at the LAPD's West L.A. station.
Two police officers thought they had the big cat cornered near Palisades Charter High School between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m., but the cat escaped.
A resident reportedly pulled out a gun while looking for the animal, but no shots were fired.
Animal control workers were called to the scene but were unable to locate the wild animal, according to Sgt. David Craig.
Officers continued to patrol the area for several hours as a precaution, but it appears the mountain lion fled back into the brushy area above the homes.
A 250 pound mountain lion is an exceptionally large animal, according to experts.
Mountain lions have been living in the Santa Monica Mountains for thousands of years, but they are rarely spotted in populated areas.
Mountain Lion Spotted in Pacific Palisades
The 250 pound animal was spotted near Temescal Canyon and Sunset Boulevards.