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Mountain lion cited -- at Peet's Coffee & Tea

Police say 'predator' violated sit-lie ordinance

Palo Alto police cited a mountain lion Thursday for violating the city's sit-lie ordinance, but the big cat claims he was simply waiting in line for a latte.

"I can't catch a break. All I wanted was my morning coffee," said Paul D. Puma, a mountain lion who lives in the outskirts of Portola Valley.

Police were called to the Peet's on Homer Avenue in downtown Palo Alto Thursday morning when several customers said they felt threatened and that Puma seemed "agitated." When police arrived, Puma was sitting outside the coffee shop with a large latte nestled between his paws. He appeared calm, officers said, though they still handed him the citation.

"Just because I'm a mountain lion, people think I'm dangerous. No one says a word when Sammy Squirrel or Larry Labrador wants a mocha, but when I need a morning java all heck breaks loose," Puma said.

"I'm much more dangerous when I don't have my morning coffee. Trust me," Puma added.

A Palo Alto police spokesman said it is standard procedure to be on alert when a mountain lion is out in public. And the city takes its sit-lie ordinance seriously.

"Look, a mountain lion is a predator, plain and simple. He was in clear violation of the sit-lie ordinance, and we handed him the citation," the spokesman said.

Puma said he plans to contest the fine, which he said violates his constitutional rights and is unfair to the local mountain lion population.

"Look, mountain lions like to sit. We're heavy; we have to walk around on all fours. It's tiring. I'll fight this thing all the way to City Hall and beyond if I have to," Puma said while sipping his latte.

(Editor's note: Happy April Fools' Day!)

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Posted by Barack_O
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:08 am

Probably the same guy that caused a ruckus at Round Table a few nights ago when he demanded LOTS of RAW ground beef on his pizza...


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

That was more likely a COUGAR !


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Posted by HSS
a resident of Southgate
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

He should have gone to Starbucks.


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Posted by Ann
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

This is great. I loved it. :)


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

Paw news day!


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Posted by Nick
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

This is obviously a joke because pumas don't drink lattes.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

You are soooo funny! God love that Puma! Let's all agree that they should NEVER be killed ... come on, we can do it!


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Posted by Carlito waysman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

LOL. In the real world the headlines would read" Mountain lion shot and killed at Peet's coffe" by the PAPD and Fish and Game Dept.


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Posted by Cute!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I love this...too cute! Thank you for sharing...


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Posted by Marilyn Green
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

..and that mountain lion is becoming quite famous. He's not bragging. It's the truth.


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Posted by Sylvia
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

LOVE IT!!!!

I wish it were true.

And this one cat with veeeerrrry good taste. He stayed away from Starbucks and went for the best coffee in the Bay Area.


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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Now some local band needs to do a take-off on Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" now "Pumas of Palo Alto"


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Posted by Ana Majnooneh
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 2, 2011 at 1:24 am

Seems there's lots of cougars in the area that are scary without their morning coffee. Have you had the pleasure of seeing them drive? :)


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