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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mountain lion shot dead after it was found in Santa Monica shopping mall

A mountain lion found in the courtyard of an office building was shot and killed on Tuesday after making its way into the downtown of a busy city.

The large cat was found by a janitor in the courtyard near a popular open-air mall, the Third Street Promenade, in Santa Monica, California where a preschool, church and other businesses nearby were cordoned off as a precaution.

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

'It's not a risk we can take with public safety,' said police Lt. Robert Almada.

It wasn't immediately known how the cat ended up in the middle of the city just a few blocks from the beach. Read More