A mountain lion that police shot and killed in a residential Des Moines, Iowa neighborhood lies in a truck Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, Officials believe it was the first time in the city’s more recent history that a mountain lion has been shot by a Des Moines police officer within the city limits. AP Photo.
Mountain lion killed in Des Moines
The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A mountain lion has been shot and killed near two schools in Des Moines.
KCCI-TV (http://bit.ly/QvVYKu ) says police were called to the Highland Park neighborhood on the city’s north side Thursday morning. An officer shot the big cat near a greenhouse in the backyard of a home.
The area is close to Harding Middle School and Madison Elementary School.
Police Sgt. Chris Scott says the male mountain lion, which measured 6 feet 3 inches from its nose to its tail, was found under some plants. He says it made a “dashing move” leaving officers no choice but to shoot it.
A mountain lion was spotted just west of the area on July 12. Police checked the neighborhood, but didn’t find the animal.
Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.