Mountain lion captured in Orem is dead; cause unknown

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OREM, Utah - A mountain lion captured in Orem Monday has died.

Officials with the Department of Wildlife Resources say it is unknown why the wild animal did not survive. A necropsy will be performed but results will not be available for at least two weeks.

Photo by Aaron Crowder Provided by Tina Crowder

Photo by Aaron Crowder Provided by Tina Crowder

Orem police said officers received several calls about the cougar near 500 North and 1000 East.

They searched for the wild cat but couldn't find it until a homeowner called to say the animal was in the backyard cornered by the family dog.

Crews with the DWR went to the home, tranquilized the mountain lion and were deciding whether or not to release it into the wild.

No one was seriously injured.

6 comments

    • climberliz

      I’m wondering if the overdoses are intentional, to keep the cougars from returning or prevent the expense of relocation. If cougars are actually “already sick” and feeling poorly, why would they increase their vulnerability by coming into urban areas?

    • The TRUTH

      This IS the second time a big cat has died in the state’s custody this season – and the third cat they’ve killed altogether. I think they are deliberately killing them now but being sneaky about it, because so many people got upset over the first one they put down simply for existing. Maybe they think the public backlash will be less harsh if they make people believe that it’s possible that these cats died of natural causes.

      I’d like to know what kind of conditions they were being kept in while in the state’s custody, who was handling them, were they being properly hydrated, kept of of the heat, handled humanely, etc.

      If they are dying of some natural cause, the public also has a right to know. We lost dozens of bald eagles last year, too. People have a right to know what’s impacting the wildlife in the state and why.

      The state belongs to the people, not the government.

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