Roaming Feline Scares Sandy Shoppers

Jun 27, 2014

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Utah authorities have captured a mountain lion that startled shoppers but didn’t hurt anyone Friday morning at a shopping center in a suburb of Salt Lake.

Face of a mountain lion.
Mountain lion travels to mall and scares shoppers Friday.
Credit fwp.mt.gov

Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger says the mountain lion was spotted walking across a street into Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, just before 8 a.m.

Officers found the cat hunkered down at the entrance of a steakhouse. Some people were taking pictures and videos, while others were unaware the cat was even there.

When the cat came running out, an officer fired one shot but missed. The mountain lion ran away and hid in brush near a commuter train line.

Wildlife officers shot the cat with a tranquilizer gun at the transit location about an hour and a half after it was first spotted.