The mountain lion traipsing around San Francisco last week made me curious about other animals that used to live right here where people, buildings and cars now compete for space.
I'm thrilled that a creature as magnificent as a mountain lion apparently snuck around the mansions of Seacliff and the hills of Pacific Heights. Chances are, it was the same mountain lion that was later tranquilized and captured in the Diamond Heights neighborhood.
Huge grizzly bears used to roam around San Francisco and much of California, hence the flag. A gigantic bear might not be able to hide out as well as a mountain lion if one turned up in the city today.