02 Jul '12, 2am

Santa Monica Mountain Lion Shooting Leads to Policy Changes | Care2 Causes

Santa Monica Mountain Lion Shooting Leads to Policy Changes | Care2 Causes

At the end of May, a three-year-old mountain lion who wandered into a courtyard in Santa Monica, Calif. was shot and killed by authorities, sparking outrage from animal advocates who called for an investigation into the way the situation was handled. Critics, including In Defense of Animals (IDA) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) believe the situation was rushed and mishandled and that deadly force should only be used as a last resort. At the time, authorities used pepper balls, a fire hose and a tranquilizer gun, while a news chopper circled overhead adding to the chaos. After holding a meeting last week with representatives from the Department of Fish and Game, the National Park Service, the spcaLA, City Hall and veterinarians to discuss possible solutions, the Santa Monica Police Department announced that it will be changing i...

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