Officials tranquilize mountain lion spotted in San Francisco's Diamond Heights neighborhood

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Mountain lion sightings in San Francisco proper are incredibly rare, with more happening in the last week than in the last century. (KGO-TV)

Officials say a mountain lion spotted near Diamond and Duncan streets Friday has been tranquilized.

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Police perched on rooftops in San Francisco's Diamond Heights neighborhood for hours on Friday, but they were not searching for a bad guy or even a person at all. All the commotion was over wildlife in the city -- a mountain lion that made itself right at home mere feet from the doorstep of an apartment complex.

The mountain lion was apparently darted twice by Department of Fish and Wildlife officers, and the sex of the animal has not been revealed.

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Authorities received a call at 10 a.m. after someone spotted the animal in the neighborhood.

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Mountain lions have been spotted in several parts of the Bay Area. Here's what you should do if you come face-to-face with a wild cat.

Officials suggest talking or singing if you should find yourself near a mountain lion to make your presence known. If you do come face to face with a mountain lion, wave your arms, make loud noises and never run away.

They also say mountain lion attacks on people are extremely rare.

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