Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mountain lion death under investigation as outcry grows over use of lethal force after it was found in Santa Monica SHOPPING MALL

Police have ordered an investigation into the death of a mountain lion that was shot dead by authorities after it wandered into the downtown area of a busy city.

The large cat was found by a janitor in the courtyard of an office building near a popular open-air mall, the Third Street Promenade, in Santa Monica, California near a preschool, church and other businesses.

Authorities made multiple attempts to try and subdue the young male cat, including use of a tranquilizer and a pepper ball, according to Capt Daniel Sforza of the Fish and Game Department.

When those methods failed, officers shot the animal, killing it. Read More