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Aug 1, 2014 10:19 PM by Nikai Salcido

Game and Fish removes mountain lion from Tucson neighborhood

PHOENIX - A mountain lion found in a tree in a Tucson neighborhood was tranquilized, removed and later euthanized by Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife officers.

A homeowner contacted Game and Fish around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday to report a mountain lion in a tree in his back yard near of La Cholla and Starr Pass.

When wildlife officers arrived around 4:15 p.m., they saw that the mountain lion was acting lethargically, its leg muscles twitched involuntarily, and it made no effort to leave the area. Because the mountain lion was in an area of high human activity, wildlife officers made the assessment that it posed a public safety threat.

The mountain lion was tranquilized, removed from the area and euthanized. Samples were sent to the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of State Laboratory Services for rabies testing.

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