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Santa Monica mountain lion killed amid safety concerns

May 22, 2012 | 11:14 am

Mountain lion

State Fish and Game officers killed a mountain lion Tuesday that had tried to escape from the courtyard of a Santa Monica office building where it had wandered hours earlier.

The officers killed the cat out of concern for public safety, according to KTLA News.

The animal was originally spotted about 6 a.m. on Arizona Avenue in downtown Santa Monica. Officers tried to tranquilize it, but the mountain lion kept trying to jump over a fence.

The animal was believed to be a juvenile female, weighing less than 100 pounds. It had wandered into the courtyard of an office building at 1227 2nd St., startling a janitor, Santa Monica police said.

For a time the animal was contained in the courtyard, and Fish and Game wardens were called. As a precaution, police closed 2nd Street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Arizona Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

Authorities said it's not unusual for wild animals such as deer and raccoons to stray into the city from the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. But they said it was the first big cat they had seen in the area.

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— Angel Jennings in Santa Monica

Photo: Mountain lion found in Santa Monica office building courtyard. Credit: Santa Monica Police Department

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