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Mountain lions make themselves at home

December 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM

The Associated Press

Mountain lion killed in western Iowa

BLENCOE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have shot and killed a mountain lion in western Iowa.

The police chief in Blencoe and a Monona County Sheriff’s deputy found the adult male mountain lion in a tree in the northwestern corner of town early Friday.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman Dale Garner says the officers shot the animal because they deemed it to be a threat to the public.

Officials believe the mountain lion likely came from a state west of Iowa.

Department of Natural Resources biologists believe most of the lions seen in Iowa are pushed out of their native areas by older, dominant males.

The animal will be analyzed to determine its age, feeding habits and place of origin. It will eventually be mounted and displayed in Monona County.

Mountain lion found in North Dakota home on couch

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a rural western North Dakota man shot and killed a 38-pound mountain lion kitten that had wandered into this home.

Chief game warden Robert Timian says the homeowner discovered the mountain lion on his couch after returning to his farmstead northwest of Grassy Butte on Wednesday. The man grabbed a .22-caliber pistol near his doorway and shot the animal.

Timian says the homeowner left his garage door open during the day and the door from the garage to the house was open when he returned. The lion had killed four domestic cats. Timian says it’s possible it was attracted by the cat scent.

Timian says it’s a very unusual situation. He says the homeowner wasn’t likely in any danger, but was “well within his rights” to kill it.

Mountain lions found hiding under car

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Police say two badly malnourished mountain lion cubs were found hiding under a car in Burbank and taken to a wildlife center for recovery.

City News Service reports that the animals were taken to the California Wildlife Center in Calabasas on Tuesday after animal shelter workers were called to the vehicle on East Orange Grove Avenue.

Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn says there were reports that some residents tried to hit the cubs with brooms.

The animals appear to not have been fed by their mother in a few weeks.

The cubs were put with another litter at the wildlife center in hopes they would be accepted and cared for.

The facility tries to rehabilitate animals that belong in the wild but have been injured or orphaned.

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