Wildlife officials: Threatening mountain lion killed near Patagonia

A mountain lion near Patagonia who was repeatedly seen in the area and had become unafraid of humans was killed by wildlife officials Friday, according to an Arizona Game and Fish Department press release. 

The lion was seen beneath a mobile home in the 300 block of Roadrunner Lane before being “lethally removed” Friday, the release said.

The lion had also been seen in the area on Sunday. During that sighting, the department said an animal control officer got within three feet of the lion, and that the lion was resistant to hazing.

The lion had been spotted in the area multiple times since January. It had once dragged a dead javelina under another mobile home and was also suspected of killed a nearby goat. 

Officials believe the lion was approximately 2 years old. 

“The mountain lion posed an immediate threat to the community,” said Raul Vega, a regional supervisor in Tucson. “It was persisting in a residential area apparently unafraid of people, was emaciated and in apparently poor health.”

A necropsy will be done on the animal and it may also be tested for rabies. 

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