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Police Shoot Mountain Lion in Santa Monica

Posted on the 24 May 2012 by Mikeb302000
Police Shoot Mountain Lion in Santa Monica The LA Times reports
No one is exactly sure how a mountain lion roamed down into the heart of Santa Monica on Tuesday morning, coming face-to-face with the janitor of an office complex not far from the city’s bustling shopping district.
But he turned out to be an unwelcomed visitor--and that generated much debate in the city.
With news choppers circling overhead, Santa Monica police managed to corner the 3-year-old lion in the courtyard of the complex. Police said they made several attempts to calm what they described as an aggressive feline using tranquilizing darts, nonlethal bullets and a fire hose. When that failed to stop the lion from trying to escape, a police officer fatally shot it.
Is it possible to calm a mountain lion using a fire hose? It reminds me of the time in Ohio when that crazy guy let all his exotic animals free before killing himself. The cops took care of that in the same way.
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