Associated Press - August 29, 2009 5:55 PM ET
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A mountain lion was shot and killed after wandering into a residential neighborhood in western South Dakota.
The Rapid City Police Department fielded several calls Saturday morning from residents who had spotted the animal. Officers found the mountain lion in a tree.
The police department, along with the state Game, Fish & Parks department, decided to shoot the animal because it posed a danger to residents.
Police Sgt. Chris DeGroote says the mountain lion eluded authorities several times, but was finally found in the back yard of a house. An officer climbed onto the roof of a neighboring house in order to shoot the animal.
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