Mountain lion closes Tucson area mountain trail

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Part of a popular trail in the Catalina Mountains has been temporarily closed for public safety reasons due to a mountain lion's behavior.

Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel said on Friday that the portion was closed after officials received reports that the mountain lion wasn't acting like a "wild" lion. She said the lion was out in daylight and not showing fear of humans.

Under the closure, hikers are prohibited from entering portions of West Fork Trail until June 7.

That part of West Fork Trail is part of the Arizona Trail, and it goes past the popular destination of Hutch's Pool.

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