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Wyo. hunter bags deer, then hungry lion

November 06, 2009 at 10:54 AM

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Retired orthopedic surgeon Chris Smith thought his hunt was over when he bagged a whitetail deer with a bow and arrow near Sheridan.

Because the light was fading, he decided to return the next day to recover the deer. But when he returned Wednesday morning, the carcass had been covered by grass and bush - which is what mountain lions typically do.

Smith, who was unarmed, then saw the big cat about 25 yards away.

He backed away slowly and went to call the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Officials said he had two choices - return with friends, making noise to scare the animal away, or purchase a mountain lion hunting license.

He opted for the license, and dropped the lion in one shot.

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