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Santa Monica police will create cougar plan

Posted: June 8, 2012 1:00 p.m.
Updated: June 8, 2012 1:00 p.m.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - Santa Monica police who were criticized for killing a mountain lion that roamed into a downtown area say they'll work up a plan to deal with future feline intruders.

Department members will meet later this month with game experts, state Fish and Game representatives and members of animal rights groups to explore ways of dealing with cougars who may reach town from the nearby Santa Monica Mountains.

A 95-pound mountain lion was shot by police after it was cornered in a courtyard last month. Sgt. Richard Lewis says it was the first such sighting in the city in more than 30 years.

Authorities tried to contain and subdue the young male with a tranquilizer dart and pepper balls before shooting it to keep it from escaping.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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