Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Mountain lion slain; areas reopened

Published: 08.30.2006

PRESCOTT, Arizona — Day-use areas around Granite Mountain in the Prescott National Forest were reopened Tuesday after wildlife officials killed a mountain lion that had been acting in a threatening way around people, officials said.

The big cat had been seen for more than a month near Granite Lake recreation area about 10 miles northwest of Prescott. It had become increasingly aggressive toward humans, and after two incidents over the weekend the area was closed.

"This lion was an imminent public-safety threat," said Tom Finley, a field supervisor with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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