Mountain lion killed in Des Moines

2012-10-04T13:29:00Z Mountain lion killed in Des Moines Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
October 04, 2012 1:29 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --- A mountain lion has been shot and killed near two schools in Des Moines.

KCCI-TV says police were called to the Highland Park neighborhood on the city's north side Thursday morning. An officer shot the big cat near a greenhouse in the backyard of a home.

The area is close to Harding Middle School and Madison Elementary School.

Police Sgt. Chris Scott says the male mountain lion, which measured 6 feet 3 inches from its nose to its tail, was found under some plants. He says it made a "dashing move" leaving officers no choice but to shoot it.

A mountain lion was spotted just west of the area on July 12. Police checked the neighborhood, but didn't find the animal.

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