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Mountain lion captured at shopping center dies

Utah Mountain Lion Frightens Mall Goers
SANDY, Utah (AP) - A mountain lion that was shot with tranquilizer darts and captured outside a shopping center in suburban Salt Lake City has died, Utah wildlife officials said Saturday.

The 100-pound cat never regained consciousness from the effects of the tranquilizers after it was shot Friday near Jordon Commons in Sandy, Scott Root of the Department of Wildlife Resources said. It is unusual for wildlife to die under sedation but not unheard of, he said. The animal died late Friday night.

Police say the mountain lion didn't hurt anybody but had startled people when it was spotted walking across a street toward the shopping center around 8 a.m.

Officers found the female cat hunkered down at the entrance of a steakhouse. It jumped over a fence and hid in the brush near a commuter train line where wildlife officers eventually shot it.

Because the 2-year-old mountain lion was in a highly populated area, something may already have been wrong with it, Root told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/m9u63a2 ).

The cat was scheduled to be examined Monday at the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to see if internal factors contributed to its death.

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TRISH June 29 2014 at 10:19 PM

Poor things have fewer and fewer places to live...it sure isn't their fault, they lived here long before us.

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Debbie June 29 2014 at 11:07 PM

What do you except? We moved into their living areas, where are they suppose to go. We bring this on ourselves. They are millions of new homes and malls standing empty and we just keep building more. Stop building in the wilderness and leave the forest and pasture land alone.

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crowland503 June 29 2014 at 9:39 PM

The signs of the time! A home grown animal dies to symbolize how illegals have more rights than those legally born in this country!!!

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Liebchken June 29 2014 at 11:13 PM

Get in line for dying after shooting bears who wander into new construction, elephants who dare escape their working hell in circuses, and any other wild creature who displeases the urban or suburban environment. More to come I can bet.

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cakesbysk June 29 2014 at 10:29 PM

that is all we know how to do is to kill

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bigred8690 June 29 2014 at 11:32 PM

Pay attention everyone--this is why you cannot just shoot tranquilizer darts at animals or people like you see in the movies.

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skitch1962 June 30 2014 at 12:56 AM

Aren't wildlife officers suppose to know the amount of tranquilizer to put into those dart guns??!!!

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Marilyn June 29 2014 at 9:18 PM


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DJ June 30 2014 at 1:12 AM

One thing I've learned from dealing with "Wild Life Officials". The unfortunate animals that encounter these "professionals" usually regret it.

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moooooooooochelle June 29 2014 at 9:22 PM


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