A mountain lion cub that wandered into a small bakery in the Sierra Nevada Mountains town of Pollock Pines was euthanized by officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife on Wednesday.
According to the Facebook page of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, an employee had been in the store when the baby lion cub walked into the store.
“You hear stories of Firefighters called for cats stuck in trees… We got called for a lion stuck in a business.”
The cub, estimated to have weighed 50 pounds was stated to have been in need of medical intervention the post read. Deputies monitored the situation until authorities from the Department of Fish and Wildlife could respond. The cub was tranquilized and transported to a nearby wildlife facility for treatment. As the officer tried to place a hand on the cub, it would only momentarily raise its head to look and then laid back down.
There have been no details provided as to why the cub was euthanized, except to state he was killed “due to its medical/health condition.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a representative from the department, John Traverso, stated the cub was only four or five months old, was severely emaciated and dehydrated.
Between 4,000 to 6,000 mountain lions live in California. Most times the animals are cautious around humans. Rest in peace little guy.
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