"I do not understand why the Palo Alto police department couldn't have tranquilized this animal and relocated it."
Relocate where? How far away? A friend of mine does radio-tracking from his Cessna 172. One radio-collared lion ranged from the Glass Mountains north of Marathon, Texas, south to the southern end of the Del Carmen range in Mexico. That's some 200+ miles of a wanderings path...
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