TEMECULA (AP) — A mountain lion that wandered into the parking lot of a Southern California shopping mall died after a tranquilizer dart pierced a lung.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says preliminary necropsy results show the dart missed its mark — the shoulder or rump — and entered the animal’s chest, delivering the tranquilizer to lung tissue.READ MORE: Justin Dean Evans Charged With Molesting Teen Boys In Anaheim Afterschool Program
The 125-pound animal stopped breathing as it was being moved.READ MORE: Crews Working To Contain Casitas Fire Burning Near Ojai; Evacuations Ordered For Some Residents
The lion, a healthy male yearling, was cornered last Friday in a loading dock at The Promenade in Temecula. State Department of Fish and Wildlife wardens arrived and shot the animal.
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