A police officer shot a mountain lion in northeast Des Moine this morning. The adult cougar was near an elementary school and the officer said he was forced to make a shot when the animal started to leave the yard it was in.
“The officers knew, due to the size of the mountain lion, that its escape would be of great danger to the public,” police spokesman Sgt. Christopher Scott said in an article on Patch.com. “The lion made a dashing move, leaving officers no choice but to shoot the lion.”
Officials say it appears the 6-foot-3-inch-long animal was just roaming the area.
There have been few mountain lions confirmed in Iowa in recent years, although sightings have been on the rise in the state and across the Midwest.