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San Francisco mountain lion may have killed zoo animals

San Francisco police and animal control officers carry away a young mountain lion
San Francisco police and animal control officers carry away a young mountain lion after it was captured Thursday in San Francisco. The disoriented cougar roamed the streets of the city for two days.
(Associated Press)

A mountain lion that was captured roaming the streets of San Francisco last week may have killed three animals at the city zoo, authorities said.

Two wallaroos and a red kangaroo were found dead in their outdoor exhibit at the San Francisco Zoo and it appears that a local wild carnivore was responsible, the zoo said in a statement, adding that it was investigating whether the cougar was responsible.

A 50-pound male cougar, believed to be under 2 years old, was spotted roaming downtown over several days this week. He was seen sleeping in a planter box and looking at his reflection in the glass of an office tower before being captured Thursday, officials said.

A young mountain lion that was spotted looking at his reflection in the glass of an office tower in downtown San Francisco was safely captured Thursday.

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The animal appeared disoriented and may have gotten lost after traveling from hills south of the city, authorities said. He was checked out at the Oakland Zoo and released Thursday into a wilderness preserve.


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