WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Three mountain lions in Arizona were killed this week after officials said they were found feeding on human remains on a canyon trail.
- On Monday, the remains of the unidentified human victim were discovered just 150 feet from Pima Canyon Trail near Tucson, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department reported.
- The animals had to be killed that same day due to their “abnormal” and dangerous behavior, despite the fact they did not believe the mountain lions were responsible for the person’s death, AZGFD officials told NBC affiliate KVO.
Three mountain lions found feeding on human remains near a popular Tucson hiking trail have been killed, Arizona authorities said Wednesday.
They were not suspected of killing the person but were determined to be a danger to the public because they showed no fear of officers trying to remove the remains, the Arizona Game and Fish Department said in a statement, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
“Mountain lions are not routinely scavengers. A mountain lion eating human remains is abnormal behavior. Those that do are more likely to attack a human being in the future,” AZGFD Regional Supervisor Raul Vega told the local outlet.
“In addition, they did so 50 yards from a popular hiking trail and within sight of homes, and repeatedly showed no fear of responding officers,” Vega added. “They were a clear and present danger to public safety.”
The medical examiner will work to identify the name and cause of death for the person found Tuesday morning off the Pima Canyon Trail.
The trail at the base of Mount Lemmon was reopened on Wednesday, ahead of a planned Jan. 14 re-opening, after authorities decided there was no danger to the public.