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Mountain lion euthanized in west Las Vegas neighborhood, authorities say

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 00:12:34-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Police were called to a west Las Vegas Neighborhood Monday morning due to a mountain lion being spotted.

Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to the 3600 block of Emerald Beach Court, near Twain Avenue and El Capitan Way, at about 9 a.m.

Authorities say a resident reported seeing a mountain lion in a backyard in the neighborhood.

Officers confirmed that the animal spotted was indeed a mountain lion and requested assistance from the Nevada Division of Wildlife and Clark County Animal Control.

The animal was contained in a backyard with agencies trying to safely tranquilize the mountain lion, according to officials.

However, later in the afternoon authorities said the animal ended up being euthanized by wildlife officers in the backyard of a home a few blocks away. Wildlife officials say the responding wardens tried to tranquilize it but it didn’t affect this cat which then led to the decision to euthanize it.

Officers say this action took place in the 3900 block of Wainscot Court, near El Capitan Way and Saddle Avenue.

Kahlonni Ortiz couldn't believe the mountain lion lept up into her family's backyard.

“They’ve seen them jump the wall and go into our backyard and they said our pit bull was barking and they think the pit bull scared the mountain lion up the tree.”