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Video: Authorities Kill Mountain Lion in Sunland

Fish and Game officials shot and killed a mountain lion in nearby Sunland.

An 80-pound mountain lion was fatally shot by Fish and Game officials near the Angeles National Forest in Sunland, according to KTLA5

Sunland resident Marleen Hitt saw the large cougar near her garage Friday afternoon and called 911, KTLA reported.

The 2 to 3-year-old animal hid near bushes in a yard when police shot at the cougar to make it run away.

"I heard five shots spread out, then I knew that they had found it," Hitt said. 

The warden arrived and shot the mountain lion, according to KTLA. 

"The game warden felt that the situation warranted the most extreme measure for the safety of the lion, the safety of the people around it," Andrew Hughan of California Fish and Game said. 

Officials say that this case was different from the  

"Shooting an animal with a dart is not like the movies. you hit the animal, the animal becomes very aggitated, very angry, very quickly. And it doesn't just fall down in one minute and go to sleep," Hughan said. 

A mountain lion was also , although it's unclear if this was the same cat.   

"The lion that was killed has never been tagged or collared so there’s no way to know if it’s the same one," Hughan told Patch.

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Nicole Charky April 26, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Hey Katt, I'm not sure if this mountain lion was tagged. Let me check with fish and game and see if that's true or not. Thanks for commenting.
Burt Biggins April 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Stick a screwdriver in your ears! "Us HUMAN beings to survive". These cats are not aliens from another world. Are you over the age of 13? What a dunce you are.
Nicole Charky April 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
FYI, I checked with fish and game officials and updated the story. Here's what Andrew Hughan told Patch: "The lion that was killed has never been tagged or collared so there’s no way to know if it’s the same one."
Shannon Fallis-Kane April 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
If you are going to live in the Foothills, close to or in Angeles Forest; you have to remember you are going to encounter wild animals. It's their home! We are intruding in their territory. It is my opinion that the big cat should have been tranquilized or trapped and taken back high up in the mountains.
Ricky Grubb May 01, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I think that, as Ghandi said, "A nation should be judged, it's progress and it's values can be judged by the way it treats the animals." Being the environmental rep on the STNC board I protest this shooting in the strongest possible terms. This young puma was not accused of harming even a pet, so I would say a shoot on sight order is still in effect in this country for any native species found within the settled areas of our "civilization", and I use the term loosley. Please call me first when you want to chase off a mountain lion or a bear or whatever, I can handle this situation without any fatalities. Ricky Grubb Sunland.

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