TEMECULA (CBSLA.com) — A mountain lion made an early morning trip to a Temecula mall early Friday, authorities said.

Officials with California Fish and Wildlife responded to a call around 6:15 a.m. of a mountain lion sighting outside of the Promenade Mall at 40820 Winchester Road, according to Fish and Game spokesman Kyle Orr.

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They discovered a young mountain lion about 18 months old in the loading bay outside a Macy’s department store, according to Orr.

The lion may have been looking for its own territory before ending up at the location, Orr said.

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Deputies were able to eventually corner the animal in the parking lot before tranquilizing the cat and hauled it off in the back of a pickup truck, officials said.

While the animal was being moved to a more appropriate habitat, the mountain lion died, according to Orr.

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A necropsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.