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Stanislaus County deputies kill mountain lion as it descends from tree

July 26, 2012 | 11:10 pm

Map shows where a mountain lion was shot in killed near Turlock.
Deputies responding to a "suspicious incident" call in Stanislaus County shot and killed a mountain lion that weighed between and 80 and 100 pounds, authorities said Thursday.

When deputies arrived in the 5000 block of East Linwood Avenue, they saw the animal in a tree, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said. The area is located amid farmland east of Turlock.

The deputies contacted  officials from the state Department of Fish and Game, who said the mountain lion could pose a threat if it came down from the tree because it was out of its habitat, according to a department spokesman.

"The mountain lion started coming down from the tree and the deputies were forced to shoot and kill the animal as it posed an immediate threat to an area populated by humans and domestic animals," the department said in a statement.

Fish and Game wardens arrived and took the animal away. The agency is investigating the incident, which occurred Sunday morning.

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Map shows area where a mountain lion was killed. Credit: Google Maps

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