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.READ MORE: Asian American Woman Attacked In Alleged Hate Crime In Culver City
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.READ MORE: New Chinook Heli-Tankers Available To Firefighters In LA, Orange And Ventura Counties As Wildfire Danger Increases
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.MORE NEWS: FAA Proposes Fine Of Over $10,000 For Unruly Passenger On Flight To LA
A necropsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.