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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Patagonia Mountain Lion Shot Dead!

The Patagonia Mountain Lion was shot dead today by law enforcement. Residents say it was posing no threat


By Hilde Kate Lysiak


The Patagonia Mountain lion was shot dead minutes after a resident called law enforcement after spotting it “licking its paws” under his trailer on Roadrunner Avenue earlier this afternoon.

“I saw the mountain lion sticking right out from under my trailer. A big one!” Rudy Oucho exclusively told the OSN.

“So they came down and shot him,” added Oucho.

The lion wasn’t threatening anyone, according to Oucho. “It was just sitting there….licking its paws,” he said.

Law enforcement fired three shots at about 12:20 pm to take the mighty beast down.

The feline could then be seen being hauled into a nearby truck.

Yesterday the OSN had a harrowing face to face encounter with the Patagonia Mountain Lion — and lived to tell the tale. The dramatic evens unfolded while the OSN was on assignment biking down Pennsylvania Avenue at 6:30 pm when suddenly the majestic beast appeared 12 feet ahead, causing the reporter to slam on the breaks of her bike.

The OSN didn’t make any sudden movements, knowing that running could cause the mountain lion to give chase out of instinct. Several dramatic seconds passed before the stunning creature turned into the hummingbird sanctuary, slowly walking off into the tall grass — but not before the Orange Street News was able to snap the picture above.

Mountain Lions have been seen with increasing frequency in Patagonia. In February a Patagonia woman was shocked to discover that she was sharing her house with a mountain lion. Cindy Peterson woke up on the morning of the 15th and looked out the same window and saw a pair of paws coming from underneath her porch.

“At first, I saw the paws and was like wow that’s a big kitty, cause there are cats that run around the area, but as I started looking at it more I realized it was a mountain lion. She was just sitting there, licking her paws, not a care in the world […] We can hear, it must climb up the tree’s cause we can hear it pouncing on our roof.,” Peterson told the Orange Street News.

That same month the OSN exclusively reported a mountain lion was spotted on Roadrunner Lane.  The witness took a picture. (Below)


Mountain lion attacks are very rare.

A total of 125 attacks, 27 of which fatal, have been documented in North America in the past 100 years, according to Wikipedia.

Meanwhile, in the United States there have been 302 deaths from lightning strikes between 2007 and 2016.

“Did they take it away?”a visibly upset Peterson asked. “Couldn’t they just have put it to sleep over something?”

8 comments on “BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Patagonia Mountain Lion Shot Dead!

  1. Oladapo Deborah
    May 17, 2019

    I guess it was a good thing shutting it down after all


  2. sffcorgi
    May 17, 2019

    I don’t understand why they didn’t tranq it and remove it to a more cat-safe place either, especially if it was a female (is that known?).

    Perhaps Orange Street News could find a local expert to interview in July about this aspect of wildlife management?


  3. I'm nobody
    May 18, 2019

    Worse ever


  4. Jorge Del la Cruz
    May 18, 2019

    Patagonia Marshal’s Office just likes to shoot things and KILL them. The mountain lion should have been relocated…but…again, just shoot things. If it was a human, they would have shot it,too! But if it was armed, they would have waddled back to their pickup trucks and peeled off.


  5. David Krest
    May 19, 2019

    A mountain lion was killed.
    A sad realization that Lion is considered a threat to human life and our pets.
    A sad state when we live in and base our decisions on fear-of.
    Lion dies and humane consciousness is stimulated’
    Hot Tears. The ‘law enforcement’ is just that ‘enforcers of the law’ which puts human protection above all others including wildlife, water, air,.and Earth, all of which we need to live. We must now include protection of all lest we get to where we are headed.



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  8. Gerald (@geraldv333)
    June 29, 2019

    Shoot to kill … it’s the American way.


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