June 22, 2020Updated: July 13, 2020, 6:50 p.m.
Captain Amy Corso woke up at 1:30 a.m. last Thursday to the sound of her toddler crying.
Corso didn’t have to get up to work until 3am, but she couldn’t get back to sleep because she immediately thought about the task at hand – tracking down and capturing a lost mountain lion in the city.
Corso is the sales manager for San Francisco’s Animal Care & Control. In the past few days, she and her colleague Stephanie Pone had been devoured by the wildcat streets at night. The two had knocked on the sidewalk, patrolling the city streets, interviewing neighbors and building security guards, asking them to share surveillance footage.
“When we started piecing together how far this animal went and where it was going, it became clear that it didn’t know what it was doing,” Corso said. “I was very worried about this guy, especially when I saw footage of him walking into small courtyard areas, places he couldn’t get out when people walked in. I didn’t want him cornered and scared has been. “”
Corso was in her vehicle at 2 a.m., patrolling the city. Pone came to see her at 4 a.m. hoping to find this mountain lion.