Skip to comments.Officers Open Fire on Mountain Lion in Downtown Santa Monica
Posted on 05/22/2012 3:55:37 PM PDT by george76
A mountain lion cornered in a downtown Santa Monica courtyard bolted after being shot with a tranquilizer dart, prompting authorities to use lethal force Tuesday morning, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.
"We were able to get a dart in the lion. At that point, the lion was making its way out into the street and then we really have to be concerned about public safety at that point,"
The male, 3-year-old mountain lion -- estimated to weigh 80 pounds -- apparently jumped over an eight-foot fence to enter the courtyard area
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Apparently the lion made ‘a furtive move’.
80 pound, three-year-old male? Musta been a big house cat ‘cause mountain lions are much bigger!
Pretty wild - this is a short walk from my house.
After all the humans were encroaching on the lion's habitat.
A shotgun and a rifle.
Their crossbows were in the shop.
After watching the video on this, my first thought is this cat was not “euthanized”. While I don’t have the facts of this incident, I have to ask if the shooter actually hit the cat in the right place (or at all) with the dart gun? Did the Fish and Game people give it time to work? From the pix in the article, it surely looks like the cat was relaxed and comfortable enough to curl up in a resting/sleeping position in highly unfamiliar surroundings, ergo from the photographer’s position, a shot with a dart gun should’ve worked. Did the F&G folks panic when the cat began to move after being shot with a dart gun? Wouldn’t that be the obvious expectation, i.e., that it would try to move? Judging from the comments after the article, the natives are not too happy with the outcome, nor, possibly, should they be.
Probably just a bobcat.
Did they run out of dogs to shoot?
Did you watch the video? Bobcat?
Have you been to sta Monica? It’s fag city, and technically a border city of West Hollywood/L.A. They probably got bored ticketing Prius cars for speeding over 30 mph so they had to expend unused bullets.
>> “Musta been a big house cat cause mountain lions are much bigger!” <<
Not at three years. It was about average for its age.
All the “big one” is going to do is to raise the transverse mountains a little higher. (and collapse lots of houses built too ridgidly due to “siesmic” codes)
Well, at least wait for us Cali freepers like Jim Rob to get out first b4 wishing for the big one..
OK, we use “special weapon” cratering charges to dig a moat a thousand yards wide to separate the wacky coastal areas of CA (including Sacramento) from the saner interior. Then we don’t let anyone from these areas cross the moat to keep the plague contained there.
Most of downtown Sac is barely above sea level now.
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