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Officers Open Fire on Mountain Lion in Downtown Santa Monica
NBC ^ | May 22, 2012 | Jonathan Lloyd

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,"

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The male, 3-year-old mountain lion -- estimated to weigh 80 pounds -- apparently jumped over an eight-foot fence to enter the courtyard area

(Excerpt) Read more at nbclosangeles.com ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animalrights; ar; cougar; lion; mountainlion; santamonica; sss; wildlife

1 posted on 05/22/2012 3:55:46 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Apparently the lion made ‘a furtive move’.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 3:58:26 PM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: george76; Slings and Arrows

Meouw!


3 posted on 05/22/2012 3:59:31 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: george76

80 pound, three-year-old male? Musta been a big house cat ‘cause mountain lions are much bigger!


4 posted on 05/22/2012 4:01:18 PM PDT by old school
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To: george76

Pretty wild - this is a short walk from my house.


5 posted on 05/22/2012 4:02:57 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: george76
Couldn't they offer the lion a child as a treat, and get it to go away?

After all the humans were encroaching on the lion's habitat.

6 posted on 05/22/2012 4:09:27 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Navy Patriot

7 posted on 05/22/2012 4:11:26 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: george76
"Officers deployed a shotgun as well as a rifle, and the animal unfortunately was euthanized and died at the scene," said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Robert Almada said.

A shotgun and a rifle.

No grenades?

8 posted on 05/22/2012 4:22:12 PM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

Their crossbows were in the shop.


9 posted on 05/22/2012 4:25:50 PM PDT by Misterioso ( Socialism is an ideology. Capitalism is a natural phenomenon. -- Michael Rothschild)
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To: george76

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.


10 posted on 05/22/2012 4:27:46 PM PDT by miele man
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To: old school
80 pound, three-year-old male? Musta been a big house cat ‘cause mountain lions are much bigger!

Probably just a bobcat.

11 posted on 05/22/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT by SeeSharp
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To: george76

Did they run out of dogs to shoot?


12 posted on 05/22/2012 4:32:47 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: SeeSharp

Did you watch the video? Bobcat?


13 posted on 05/22/2012 4:37:02 PM PDT by Misterioso ( Socialism is an ideology. Capitalism is a natural phenomenon. -- Michael Rothschild)
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To: george76
Santa Monica Police expended 1,138 rounds of ammunition to down the 80-pound mountain lion. The mountain lion suffered two hits, none serious, and is expected to recover. When asked about the number of shots fired at the mountain lion, an astonished officer said, “Mountain lion? I thought it was a large, funny looking dog. Gee.”/s/
14 posted on 05/22/2012 4:38:36 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

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.


15 posted on 05/22/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT by max americana
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To: SeeSharp
Nope. Puma concolor
16 posted on 05/22/2012 5:30:57 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.)
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To: old school

>> “Musta been a big house cat ‘cause mountain lions are much bigger!” <<

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Not at three years. It was about average for its age.


17 posted on 05/22/2012 7:37:58 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: max americana
I haven't been to CA since 2005 when I went to NAB Coronado (San Diego) for the Viet Nam Memorial ceremony. I haven't been to the LA area since 1987. Don't care. I will not be going to CA any more for any reason. I'm waiting for the Big One (9.5 on the Richter Scale) so it will give AZ and NV beachfront property.
18 posted on 05/22/2012 7:38:03 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

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)
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19 posted on 05/22/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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To: MasterGunner01

Well, at least wait for us Cali freepers like Jim Rob to get out first b4 wishing for the big one..


20 posted on 05/22/2012 7:58:25 PM PDT by max americana
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To: editor-surveyor

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.


21 posted on 05/22/2012 8:03:32 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

Most of downtown Sac is barely above sea level now.
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22 posted on 05/22/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
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