- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) - Police in Montana say they shot and killed a mountain lion after a family was too scared to get out of the car because the animal would not leave their yard.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (https://bit.ly/2bXMefg) that Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial says the mountain lion wasn’t aggressive but gave no sign of leaving after the family pulled into the driveway Sunday night.

Dial says his officers decided to kill the full-grown female cougar after it became clear that the animal was not afraid of people. Dial says a habituated mountain lion could pose a danger to pets and small children.

Police say the animal’s body was given to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks so it could be documented.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, https://www.dailyinterlake.com

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