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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Bill Minarik April 25, 2012 at 06:06 PM
They are an endangered species. I think that where it hadn't harmed anyone, they should have attempted tranquilizing or trapping the cat in a cage before shooting it. BAD DECISION in my opinion.
Nicole Charky (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 06:12 PM
What do other people think? Was tranquilizing and trapping possible in this situation? Or, do you think the warden took drastic measures immediately?
Mike Proctor April 25, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Mt. Lions are not an endangered species.
Bob McCoy April 25, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Studies show that lions do not respond to a gunshot impulse. An airhorn is more effective to scare off a lion. If they were close to the wildlands, the cougar could have been chased back to the wilds. Other than perhaps threat response, did the cat show propensity to attack the police officers that cornered it? "The game warden felt that the situation warranted the most extreme measure for the safety of the lion,..." Is that really a quote? "Montrose Search & Rescue Saves Injured Dog at Switzer Falls." Dogs kill about 30 people per year; mountain lions have killed 20 in a 120 years. Why wasn't the dog put down for the safety of the dog and the people around it? In 2008, over 300,000 Emergency Department visits, and 9,000 hospital stays were the result of dog bites (http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/2008-ed-visits-inpatient-stays-dog-bites.pdf). Mountain lions are well below 300 human attacks in 120 years. Why do we fear the improbable, and allow enforcement to use bulletshit arguments? This feels like 'payback' to tree-huggers for the F&G Commissioner Dan Richards fiasco.
CHARminGroupER April 25, 2012 at 08:42 PM
They are not endangered....the population is very healthy and the govt is going to have to start culling them soon!
Lisa April 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Mountain Lions are nocturnal stalk-and-ambush predators. They are carnivores (not like a bear foraging for nuts and berries) and had nightly been killing cats, dogs, chickens, goats, and scaring horses. The cougar was no longer afraid of humans. Mountain Lions are beautiful animals. Yes, it's sad to see it killed but it will eat you, your kids and your animals. Duh!
Nicole Charky (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I understand that Altadena had the only known mountain lion attack on a human. Here's the California Department of Fish and Game site: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/lion/attacks.html
Denise April 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
This is an outrage. We are the ones in their territory. And we have the ability to control the situation....the cat wasnt after someone or something. It seems that they could & should have tranquilized it, even if it didnt take immediately, they could have made sure no people or animals were out & in its path, until the sedation took. Shame on them!!
John M April 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I remember when this happened. If my memory serves me correctly a mountain biker was trail riding up by Mt. Lowe when the lion pursued him attacking his bike. The cyclist abandoned his bike and went off trail over the edge trying to escape. The cat followed and attacked. He used rocks to fight back and was able to get away. Authorities tracked and killed the cat.
Burt Biggins April 26, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Hey Marleen you maggot, how do feel about it CAT KILLER!!!
Genise April 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
If it is a threat to humans and family pets, absolutely. It is most important for us as human beings to survive than a mountain lion and I am a strong lover of animals but we are number one!
katt April 26, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Was this the local mountain lion that had a collar from fish & game ?
Nicole Charky (Editor) 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 (Editor) 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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