TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A mountain lion deemed a public safety threat after it was found in the backyard of a west side home in Tucson was euthanized on Thursday.
A homeowner near La Cholla and Starr Pass told the Arizona Game and Fish Department about 3:30 p.m. on July 31 that his barking dogs alerted him to a mountain lion in his tree.
The department told the homeowner to keep his dogs inside.
Wildlife officers arrived on scene around 4:15 p.m. and said the mountain lion was acting lethargically, its legs were twitching and did not appear that it was going to leave the area.
Wildlife officers assessed the animal was a safety threat since it was in a highly-populated area near a school and homes. They tranquilized the mountain lion, moved it away from the area and later euthanized it, according to Game and Fish.
The Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of State Laboratory Services, is testing some samples of the animal for rabies.
For more about the department's mountain lion protocol, visit the Arizona Game and Fish website at: www.azgfd.gov/w_c/mtn_lion_workshops.shtml.