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Police Kill Mountain Lion in Berkeley

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Police shot and killed a mountain lion that was roaming the streets of Berkeley, Calif. early Tuesday morning, the New York Times reports.

People spotted the 100 pound female around 2 a.m. on Walnut St. near the ritzy Chez Panisse restaurant. “Police officers tracked the cougar as it ran through the surrounding residential neighborhood,” the Times reports, then shot the animal at 3:30 a.m.

The shooting upset the Berkeley community, sparking debate about the options police had other than shooting the cat on local blog Berkeleyside.

–Erin Beresini

Photo courtesy of Appalacian Encounters on Flickr.

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