Friday, April 27, 2007

Mountain lion caught, killed in N. California

Published: April 26, 2007

Calaveras County Fish and Game wardens trapped a mountain lion Wednesday that broke into a Mountain Ranch home Sunday and killed a pet cat.

The lion entered a trailer next to a house in the 10700 block of Ponderosa Way shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday, according to a sheriff's report.

A young woman who lived in the trailer was in the bathroom and heard noises, and when she peeked out, saw the lion attacking one of her cats, said Fish and Game Warden Alan Gregory Wednesday.

The lion broke through the screen of a window six feet off the ground to enter, Gregory said.

"We assume it went out the same way," Gregory said. "There were cat parts everywhere in that house. It did a number."

The woman hid in the bathroom for some time, then, when all was quiet, ran to her parents' house nearby and called 911. Fish and Game wardens searched for the lion with dogs, but could not find it, he said.

They set a trap in the carport next to the house, using the remains of the cat as bait. The first two days, wardens only caught dogs in the trap, Gregory said. But Wednesday morning, the lion came back and was caught and euthanized.

"We were all real surprised we caught it," Gregory said.

The woman was shaken up, but unhurt, he said. This was the second mountain lion trapped in the county within two weeks. story.cfm?story_no=23314

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