TEMECULA, Calif. (CBS/AP) — A mountain lion that wandered into the parking lot of a Southern California shopping mall died after a tranquilizer dart pierced a lung.
Preliminary necropsy results show the dart missed its mark—the shoulder or rump—and entered the animal’s chest, delivering the tranquilizer to lung tissue.READ MORE: COVID Surge: Mask Mandate Returns To Bay Area Businesses With No Limits On Capacity
The 125-pound animal stopped breathing as it was being moved.
The lion, a healthy male yearling, was cornered last Friday in a loading dock at The Promenade in Temecula. State Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens arrived and shot the animal.READ MORE: Firefighters Battling 2-3 Acre Wildfire In Lake County
If the cougar had lived, it would have been released into the wild.
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