Tazi Phillips, Global Animal
A young, female mountain lion was shot and killed this morning in Santa Monica. The animal had wandered into the courtyard of several commercial businesses at 1227 2nd St., startling a janitor, Santa Monica police said.
California state Fish and Game officials were called to the scene and as a precaution, police closed 2nd Street to vehicle and pedestrian traffic between Arizona Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
Lions each need a territory of as many as 100 square miles, but the estimated 10 cats in this 275-square mile mountain range are bordered by network of freeways, suburbs and the Pacific Ocean.