EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials had to make the difficult decision to euthanize a mountain lion that had killed a dog in Evergreen, because the wild cat was too sick.

Officers trapped the mountain lion on Monday after it was seen wandering through downtown Evergreen.

(credit: Allison E.)

The mountain lion was examined by a veterinarian and found to weigh only 80 pounds. The lion was very malnourished and would likely not survive the winter.

A necropsy will help CPW determine what led to the mountain lion’s condition.

  1. Lauren Penson says:

    This is very sad. Apparently this mountain lion was hungry. Perhaps there is not enough food in nature for these animals to survive due to human encroachment on their habitat. I don’t understand why they could not have taken it to a wildlife rehabilitation center to give it the opportunity to get better before release.

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