DENAIR (CBS/AP) — Authorities have shot to death an 80-pound mountain lion after it took a door off its hinges and broke into a Stanislaus County home.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department officials said Thursday that deputies shot the animal while investigating a possible burglary in progress.

They said a homeowner in Denair, near Turlock, called 911 on Sunday morning after hearing a loud crash and commotion coming from inside the house.

Spokesman Royjindar Singh said deputies did not find a burglar, but spotted a female mountain lion hiding in a nearby tree.

Deputies shot the animal after it came out of the tree, deeming it a menace to public safety.

Authorities said the animal was likely trying to get away from the homeowner’s dogs and panicked, then broke into the house.

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