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Mountain lion shot after attacking petting zoo animals

December 29, 2011 |  8:29 am

Photo: Los Rios Rancho apple orchards. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times A mountain lion that had been preying on the animals at an Oak Glen petting zoo was shot on Christmas Day when it came back for more.

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.

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Photo: Los Rios Rancho apple orchards. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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