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Update: Mountain Lion Cubs Shot by Wardens

As a last resort, Fish and Game shot the mountain lions prowling around the downtown area of Half Moon Bay out of concern for public safety.

Update 12/4/12 1:25 p.m.:

Two young mountain lions were shot and killed by game wardens in Half Moon Bay on Saturday afternoon, a California Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman confirmed today.

The mountain lions had taken refuge under the porch of a home in the 800 block of Correas Street on Friday, department spokeswoman Janice Mackey said.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and game wardens responded to the sighting and confirmed the presence of two "adolescent" mountain lions around 10 months old, each weighing between 25 and 30 pounds, Mackey said.

The animals had "blank stares" and did not try to hide or run away from the humans, she said.

"When these cats aren't trying to scamper away, that raises a red flag," Mackey said. "They seemed very habituated to humans, which was unusual."

The cats were in a neighborhood that is adjacent to a wildlife corridor leading to the Burleigh-Murray Ranch State Park.

In an effort to allow the cats a chance to go back into the wild, game wardens left the area for about 24 hours, Mackey said.

However, when the cats were seen in the same neighborhood the next day, wardens made the decision to shoot the animals in the name of public safety.

"We care about wildlife, we want to preserve wildlife — but public safety was a priority in this case," Mackey said.

Attempting to tranquilize the cats with a poke-stick or dart gun was not an option, given the close proximity of the animals to a populated neighborhood.

"Animals don't go down right away," Mackey said. "It can take two to three minutes or not work at all."

Having two possibly agitated young mountain lions on the loose so close to people and pets posed too great a risk, she said.

The animals were taken down at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A necropsy will be performed on the cats to determine their age and health condition.

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California Department of Fish and Game wardens shot and killed two mountain lion cubs Saturday that were in a backyard on the edge of downtown Half Moon Bay, according to a San Mateo County Times article.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office responded to a report about the lions Friday in the 800 block of Correas Avenue and called in the wardens.

When the lions came back the next day, said Fish and Game spokeswoman Janice Mackey, the wardens shot them out of concern for public safety.

Read the full article here.

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wolfone December 05, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I want to scream when I read stuff like this! "Attempting to tranquilize the cats with a poke-stick or dart gun was not an option, given the close proximity of the animals to a populated neighborhood." Bullcr#P! Ketamine will take them down pretty fast... squirted in a cats mouth it takes a few mins. DF&G just likes to kill. Remember the "head" of the dept? Was ousted b/c he went to Idaho to kill Mountain lions b/c its not legal in Cali? You never, see these animals picked up and relocated. NEVER EVER. Always some lame excuse why they had to SHOOT THEM! Santa Cruz they could of been relocated WAY FAR UP IN THE mountains. Blank stare? These were young 10 mos old cubs. Still learning about life. Now their dead. People don't call F & G about Mountain lions unless you like to see them killed. If someone can name ONE FLIPPIN' time they weren't killed...I'd like to hear it.
sandi linnell December 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I'm with you, such a sad story and sad end to these innocent victims!!! Why couldn't they have been trapped and relocated??
Norm Snyder December 06, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I also was outraged as to the decision to kill the cubs. There seems to be an attempt to kill every Mountain Lion cornered for public safety concerns which is crap, and they know it.They are trying to cull as many cats as they can, and they seem to enjoy it. I used to support the Fish and Game, now I would never support them in any situation. They need to be taken to task. They are truly blood lusting servants of the public, without any concern for wildlife. Take away their guns now!!
Tom December 12, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Don't worry they kill Bears in Tahoe any time they can get their hands on them through "depredation permits" and traps. They actually do this all the time in Tahoe and it's disgusting because they never catch the right bear or NEVER EVER relocate!

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