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FOLSOM --

Many wouldn't expect to see an animal meant for forest, desert or woodland habitats to be roaming around their front yard in a suburban neighborhood, but that's exactly what happened to Josh Famestad on Sunday morning.

Famestad and his family live on Fargo Way in Folsom, and he said he heard a thumping on his roof Sunday morning, but thought nothing of it. That is until he and his wife noticed something in their front yard.

To their surprise, it was a mountain lion.

"It was really neat to have an upfront and close view of one of these animals that you don't have much opportunity to see in nature," Famestad said.

The mountain lion was not there for long before jumping over the fence and making its way down the street.

Maureen Lillel lives on School Street, just about a mile away from the Famestads' house.

"We got a call this morning from our neighbor warning us to keep our kids in because they saw a mountain lion on the fence in between our houses," Lillel said.

The mother of two was a little more wary about the animal and said she stayed inside most of the day with her two young children.

Famestad said he reported the mountain lion to the Folsom Police Department.

According to neighbors, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was also notified.

The mountain lion has been captured and no longer poses a risk to the people of Folsom.