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Mountain Lion euthanized in Colorado Springs

Published On: Mar 19 2013 09:33:27 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 19 2013 08:25:48 PM CDT
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife revealed that they put down a mountain lion that had killed an eaten a man's dog last week in a southwest side neighborhood.

CPW spokesman Michael Seraphin said authorities deemed the mountain lion  a threat to public safety because it had no fear of humans and resisted efforts to be forced out of the area.

"It wasn't acting like a normal mountain lion," he said.  "We don't know why.  We shot beanbags at it, and it still wouldn't leave."

Seraphin said the man was walking his Dachshund around 7 a.m. last Wednesday on Broadlake View, in a gated community off Star Ranch Road in the Broadmoor Bluffs neighborhood.  The predator yanked the leash from the man's hands as it seized the dog and ran away.

Because the mountain lion had been regularly seen in the area for the past two months, Seraphin said, DPW set a trap for the animal and captured it around 5 p.m. that day.

Seraphin said after the animal was euthanized, the carcass was sent to Fort Collins where a necropsy confirmed the predator was the attacker.  Seraphin said the animal was a male around 2 1/2 years old.

Seraphin said the incident should serve as a reminder that we live in the same area that mountain lions, bears and other wild animals do.  He said he understands that some people will criticize the decision to euthanize the predator, but any animal that could pose a danger to humans must be dealt with.


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