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Mountain lion shot and killed in Rancho Cucamonga

This Creative Commons licensed photo shows a mountain lion in captivity. On Saturday, Rancho Cucamonga police deputies shot and killed a mountain lion in the backyard of a local residence.
This Creative Commons licensed photo shows a mountain lion in captivity. On Saturday, Rancho Cucamonga police deputies shot and killed a mountain lion in the backyard of a local residence.
Nathan Rupert/flickr Creative Commons

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Officers with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tracked and shot a mountain lion that was in a residential neighborhood Saturday morning. 

The deputies responded to a call of two mountain lions jumping from backyard to backyard in the 8800 block of Somerset Drive. After they arrived, they saw a cougar climb a fence and escape through several yards. 

Less than an hour later, another homeowner in the 6300 block of Moonstone Avenue called in a report that a mountain lion was in the backyard of the residence. Deputies and animal control officers found the adult puma in a corner. 

Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, said that the officers made the decision to shoot the animal based on activity they believed made the mountain lion an imminent threat to public safety. Miller said the animal died immediately.

Multiple sightings of mountain lions have been made in the area recently. Theresa McMahon, a spokeswoman for the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department said that more sightings were reported on Sunday and Monday morning. In March, officers from neighboring Fontana shot at a mountain lion that had killed a pet German shepherd. 

The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department is warning residents that the foothill areas have seen recent sightings of mountain lions and urge vigilance during dusk-to-dawn hours, when mountain lions are more active. 

“It’s always something that residents should be mindful of," Miller said.