Mountain Lion Shot in Southern California

Date: 5/24/2010

On Thursday night a woman let her tiny teacup chihuahua go outside alone on a potty break. Unfortunately, now both her dog and the local mountain lion are dead. Mountain lions are most active between dusk and dawn, and pets should be kept inside or watched closely to ensure their safety as well as the survival of local wildlife. Both Animal Control and California Department of Fish & Game officers responded to her call. Although they are legally required to kill any mountain lion that attacks a pet if the owner requests it, the officers said they did not want to shoot the cat and offered to relocate it instead. They found the lion nearby and tried to tranquilize him. However, after being hit with the dart, the lion ran towards the officers and was shot for their protection.

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