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Mountain Lion dies during surgery after being shot by police in California

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A young mountain lion shot by police died Friday during surgery at a zoo in California, a zoo spokesperson said. The animal spooked with a tranquilizer gun and jumped at a police officer in a suburban neighborhood.

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Auckland Zoo veterinarians received the lion, estimated to be one year old, shortly before noon and prepared it for emergency surgery, said zoo spokesperson Erin Harrison.

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A resident of Hollister, about 100 miles south of San Francisco, spotted a lion on his front porch and called police around 4:42 a.m., the Hollister Police Department said in a statement.

When officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife tried to calm the lion, the lion ran out of the bushes toward police officers, officials said.

“Fearing for the lives and safety of the officers, two officers fired their rifles at the puma,” a police statement said. Officers fired rifles at the scene.”

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The lion jumped over a nearby fence and into the side yard, where it settled down again. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mike Perrin said officers found a “penetrating gunshot wound to the torso.”

“We had no idea that the puma was a threat to public safety. We weren’t acting aggressively,” he said, adding that the goal was to return the animal to its habitat.

Zoo officials said the lion weighed about 75 pounds.

“He’s beautiful, in great shape, well fed and all is well,” said Dr. Alex Harman, vice president of veterinary services at the zoo.

Before surgery, Dr. Herman was optimistic but acknowledged the risks. “Many animals die from injuries like this,” she said.

Mountain Lion dies during surgery after being shot by police in California

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