Calif. warden shoots, kills mountain lion

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Updated: 2/19/2013 5:35 pm

COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — Authorities plan to perform a necropsy on a mountain lion that was shot and killed by a California Fish and Wildlife warden in Placer County over the weekend.

The warden had gone to the area near Colfax on Sunday to post signs warning hikers about a mountain lion sighting there a day earlier when he noticed the animal.

Fish and wildlife spokesman Mark Michilizzi tells the Sacramento Bee ( the mountain lion appeared prepared to pounce on the warden, who then shot and killed it.

Michilizzi called the warden's actions appropriate, saying the mountain lion was a risk to the warden and the public.

A necropsy is planned to try to help officials determine what may have prompted the animal's behavior. Mountain lions rarely attack humans.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,


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