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Updated Jun 20, 2013 - 7:56 am

State wildlife officials look into mountain lion poaching

TUCSON, Ariz. — State Game and Fish officials are investigating the poaching
of a mountain lion after the animal’s body was found near a Colossal Cave Park
campground site.

KVOA-TV reported that Arizona Game and Fish spokesman Mark
Hart said Wednesday that officials have physical evidence, solid leads and
persons of interest in the case.

State officials were alerted to two possible sightings of mountain lions last
week and at least one cougar was found dead. It had been shot multiple times.

Investigators believe the person or persons responsible for the poaching did
not have justified cause. The mountain lion was not believed to have been
aggressive.

Those responsible for the killing could face multiple charges.

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Information from: KVOA-TV, http://www.kvoa.com/

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