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Cougar dies after being tranquilized outside SoCal mall

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POSTED March 6, 2015 9:17 p.m.

TEMECULA (AP) — A mountain lion that was tranquilized after it wandered into the parking lot of a Southern California mall has died.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that authorities were called after people saw the animal Friday morning outside a Macy’s department store in Temecula.

State Fish and Wildlife spokesman Kyle Orr says a warden shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart. He says authorities were preparing to move it when it died.

Officials plan to conduct a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

Orr says the animal wasn’t aggressive but had to be removed because of the number of people at Temecula’s Promenade Mall.

Temecula, with a population of 106,000, is about 85 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

 

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