AZGFD forced to kill mountain lion posing immediate threat to Patagonia neighborhood

AZGFD forced to kill mountain lion posing immediate threat to Patagonia neighborhood
Area where mountain lion was found (Source: Google Maps)

PATAGONIA, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A mountain lion that had posed an immediate threat to a Patagonia neighborhood has been lethally removed, according to Officials with Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Patagonia Marshal.

The two-year-old male mountain lion was killed on Friday, May 17 after it was discovered underneath a mobile home in the 300 block of Roadrunner Lane, it had been seen in the area several times since last year.

“The mountain lion posed an immediate threat to the community,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson in the news release. “It was persisting in a residential area apparently unafraid of people, was emaciated and in apparently poor health.”

The mountain lion had been beneath the mobile home when officers arrived on scene. According to AZGFD it had been in the area since Sunday, May 12 and was not afraid of humans. An animal control officer had been able to get within three feet of it, the mountain lion also proved resistant to hazing it away from the area.

AZGFD learned the animal had been seen in the area several times since January, at one point even dragging a dead javelina beneath another mobile home to eat it. The mountain lion is also suspected of killing a nearby goat.

A necropsy will be done on the mountain lion, which may also be rabies tested, according to AZGFD.

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