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Mountain lion hunted in Eagle Rock

May 2, 2008 1:50:37 PM PDT
A reported sighting of a mountain lion in a Los Angeles neighborhood has state Fish and Game officials hunting the animal.Authorities responded to the Eagle Rock area at 8:46 a.m. when neighbors called 911 saying there was a mountain lion in the area on Friday.

Department spokesman Steve Martarano said someone reported seeing a cougar about the size of a large dog perched in a tree in Eagle Rock.

The cat was also observed by an LAPD helicopter pilot orbiting the area.

If it is found, Martarano said the animal will be tranquilized and removed. He said it may be a young mountain lion looking for food in the hilly neighborhood.

Mountain lions occasionally venture into foothill communities in Southern California, where development has eaten away at their habitat.


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