Police Shoot Mountain Lion in Back Yard

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By Aaron Hepker

DES MOINES, Iowa — A mountain lion was shot inside the Des Moines city limits Thursday morning.

Police were called to the scene in the 3900 block of Columbia Street about 10 a.m. The scene is about two blocks north of Euclid Avenue in a Highland Park neighborhood.

Police said an officer shot the mountain lion near a greenhouse in the back yard of a home.

The scene is close to two Des Moines schools: two blocks north of Harding Middle School and four blocks west of Madison Elementary School.

The investigation into the incident is under way.

Jeff Swearngin is a conservation officer from the Department of Natural Resources. He said it appears the animal was just roaming the area.

On July 12, a mountain lion was spotted in an area west of where the cat was shot Thursday. A resident of a Norwoodville neighborhood, which is just southeast of the eastern mixmaster reported a mountain lion in the 3200 block of NE 46th Street on July 12. Children at the Norwoodville Rec Center were told to go inside as a precaution.

Two police cars were sent to check out the report, but never found the cat during the July incident.

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