Police Officer Attacked By Mountain Lion Before It Gets Shot Dead
The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon (11 March) as the officer and her colleagues were responding to a report that the animal was underneath a trailer in Loveland, Colorado, US.
When the police arrived they were met with rangers from Larimer County Natural Resources and game wardens from Colorado Parks and Wildlife shortly before the lion jumped on top of the deputy before another officer kicked it.
The lion, which had attacked a citizen before the police arrived, was shot dead as it tried to run away.
A report from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office states that the response took place at around 1:55pm.
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Gregory Scott Paul, a resident at the RV park said he came out of his home when he heard the police sirens which is when he saw the officer and lion grappling on the floor.
He told The Coloradoan: "It started creeping towards them a little bit and they took three or four shots at it. It lunged at the lady deputy from about 10 feet away.
"She put her arm up and it got her on the right shoulder. Luckily she did that cause if not it probably would have gotten her right on the neck."
The police statement reads: "Deputies arrived, saw the mountain lion, and tried to keep it contained.
"The mountain lion moved to the east into a trailer park as deputies followed in efforts to keep those residents safe. The mountain lion attacked a deputy and multiple shots were fired at the animal.
"The mountain lion continued moving east across the river and to a home on Black Crow Road near Highway 34. A CPW game warden shot and killed the animal near the home.
"The injured citizen and deputy were both transported by ambulance to local hospitals with apparent but non-life-threatening injuries inflicted by the animal."
Adding an update on the officer's condition, Sheriff Justin Smith posted Thursday on Facebook: "When I visited my deputy at the hospital yesterday she was in great spirits, despite a significant bite to her shoulder. She is one tough cookie.''
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