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Loose Mountain Lion Captured, Euthanized in Las Vegas

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The search is over for a mountain lion that has eluded officials for most of the day in the northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley.

The mountain lion was first spotted Wednesday morning eating food that someone left in their car. It ran away, taking officers on a search that ended at the Silverstone Golf Club near Buffalo and Grand Teton.

But not before the mountain lion took Metro on a cat and mouse chase through three different gated communities. News of the wandering mountain lion spread quickly and neighbors fled the work desk heading home to lock up their pets and make sure their kids were safe.

Donna Collins, a resident said, "It was a little bit troubling. We're not that used to the wild, wild west coming down to our front doors so that was a little worrying."

The mountain lion, estimated to be around 100 pounds, was found near a home on the golf course and wildlife officials were able to tranquilize and capture it. But after it was examined, it was determined that the mountain lion was malnourished. Adding to that, the animal showed no fear of humans. Authorities felt if released, the mountain lion would do the same thing so they euthanized it.

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