LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — When law enforcement shot and killed a mountain lion in a southwest valley home’s backyard Monday morning, some people took to social media to express outrage.
After a three-hour search, the mountain lion was found in the backyard of a home near the 3900 block of Wainscot Ct, close to Fort Apache Road and Twain Avenue, shortly after 12:30 p.m. Monday.
The search for the animal began after calls started coming in to police about sightings near El Capitan Way and Spring Mountain Road just after 9 a.m.
People who reached out to 8 News Now are upset over the killing and wonder why the anomal wasn’t tranquilized and relocated.
“I put the dog inside and we were told to go inside,” said Kahlonni Ortiz who lives in the home of the back yard where the mountain lion was killed. “We took the dogs in and went inside then we heard a gunshot.”
“They shot the mountain lion and we look and there’s just a mountain lion lying there and you can see the blood of it and then cops all in our backyard,” Ortiz added.
“They saw him jump the wall and go into our backyard,” nearby resident Yolanda Todd told 8 News Now. “They said our pitbull was barking and they think our pitbull scared the mountain lion up the tree.”
Comments on the 8 News Now Facebook page include:
“What happened to catch and release?”
“Absolutely no reason to kill this animal!!!”
“We are invading their habitat, not the other way around.”
8 News Now has reported on at least 10 sightings of mountain lions across the valley in the past two years, most of them on the west side of town.
At this time, it’s still unclear why responding law enforcement shot and killed the mountain lion. Other neighbors 8 News Now spoke with said the big cat did not threaten or approach anyone. 8 News Now has reached out to the Nevada Department of Wildlife for more information on this incident, but as of 11 p.m. Monday there has not been a response.