Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Just Can't Keep Those Kitties Out!

Another mountain lion on campus at Boise State.  It did not end well for the big cat.  From May 22, 2012 Idaho Statesman:

Boise State University officials say the mountain lion that was seen by campus and Julia Davis Park Monday morning has been shot and killed.
Boise police say Ada County dispatchers began getting calls from the public around 11:30 p.m. Monday reporting mountain lion sightings around the BSU campus and the Greenbelt. Boise police went over there and found the cougar just north of Bronco Stadium, where police shot the big cat as it walked across the Greenbelt just before midnight.
UPDATE: They are everywhere.  Yahoo reports on one in about as urban a place as I can imagine:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police shot and killed a mountain lion that somehow made its way through an urban landscape before it was found early Tuesday in a downtown Santa Monica office building courtyard near an outdoor mall and a bluff-top park that offers tourists views of the ocean and the city's famed pier.
Authorities made multiple attempts to try and subdue the young male cat, including use of a tranquilizer and a pepper ball, before killing it, said Capt. Daniel Sforza of the state Fish and Game Department.
The mountain lion was found about 6 a.m. by a janitor in the courtyard near a popular open-air mall, the Third Street Promenade, and just a couple of blocks from the beach. The street that has a preschool, a church and other businesses was cordoned off as a precaution. 
Those of us old enough to remember before Santa Monica Place was built will remember the Third Street Promenade as "the old mall," created in the mid-1960s when Third Street was closed to traffic.

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