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Mountain lions found eating human remains in Arizona

Mountain lions found eating human remains in Arizona

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Three mountain lions are dead after they were found snacking on human remains in Arizona. While the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) believes that the mountain lions didn’t actually kill the human on a canyon trail, the agency decided to lethally remove the three lions after deeming their “abnormal” behavior “a safety threat,” NBC News reports

“Mountain lions are not routinely scavengers. A mountain lion eating human remains is abnormal behavior.

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Those that do are more likely to attack a human being in the future,” said AZGFD’s Raul Vega. “In addition, they did so 50 yards from a popular hiking trail and within sight of homes, and repeatedly showed no fear of responding officers. They were a clear and present danger to public safety.”

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is working with the medical examiner’s office and AZGFD to figure out cause of death. Officers found the remains on Monday and an autopsy was scheduled for later this week. The euthanized mountain lions are also “being preserved as potential evidence in the death investigation,” according to KVOA.

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Eric P. - posted 1 week ago on 01-17-2020 06:21:08 pm
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It was a murder. They knew it was a murder almost as soon as they found the body as the guy had been missing for like 2 weeks.

joshua h. - posted 2 weeks ago on 01-09-2020 06:58:23 am
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Thank you, please do a follow up when cause of death is determined!

John E. - posted 2 weeks ago on 01-06-2020 08:13:16 am
Vancouver Washington
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Wow! That’s interesting to read. I’d be interested to hear how the person died. Predator on human interaction is getting WAY too common.

RUSS H. - posted 2 weeks ago on 01-06-2020 05:52:11 am
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Interesting story. Please follow up. Thanks, Russ

Lowell E. - posted 2 weeks ago on 01-05-2020 09:45:04 pm
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About have to be illegal persons without azgfd speaking of 3 known subjects missing in area??

Adam H. - posted 2 weeks ago on 01-05-2020 05:10:54 pm
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Thanks for coving the story. This is manifestly related to hunting as people hunt these lions or hunt other animals where lions are present. Please don’t listen to people too daft to put that together.

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Bendrix B. - posted 2 weeks ago on 01-05-2020 07:23:33 am
Rochester, MA
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Thanks for covering this news. Animals snacking on recreational outdoors people is of interest to me. Can you do some follow up, perhaps call the ASFG, and let us know how they determined that none of those three cougars had anything to do with the human’s death?

SETH D. - posted 3 weeks ago on 01-04-2020 06:06:17 pm
Sunny New Mexico
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Not sure how this is hunting news. Stay on topic, it is application season.