- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - State wildlife officials have euthanized a wild bobcat after it attacked three pet cats in a rural area of Northern California.

The Sacramento Bee says two of the pet cats were killed and one was maimed after being snatched out of yards in the Georgetown area of El Dorado County. The pets began disappearing last week.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says officials tracked and trapped the 40-pound bobcat on Sunday. Locals believe it had been living near a vacant lot on the outskirts of Eldorado National Forest.

The bobcat was euthanized on Monday. Department spokeswoman Janice Mackey tells the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1DALqRM) that wild cats found to be endangering humans and their property are euthanized in accordance with California law.

Mackey suggests homeowners in rural areas keep an eye on their small pets.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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