Mountain lion shot after attacking petting zoo animals
The lion had reportedly killed 13 goats and sheep at a petting zoo that is part of Riley's at Los Rios Rancho apple orchards. The California Department of Fish and Game gave the business a permit to shoot the predator after determining that the killings were the work of a mountain lion, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
When the mountain lion returned to feed on a sheep she had killed on Christmas night, the 19-year-old son of the orchard's owner shot the predator with a shotgun, the newspaper reported.
-- Abby Sewell
Photo: Los Rios Rancho apple orchards. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times