A "charging mountain lion" was shot and killed early Tuesday morning after being spotted roughly a mile from the Salt Lake Temple.
The animal was spotted by a Gold Cross ambulance crew near 600 East and South Temple about 3 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, the mountain lion had moved to 15 South and 500 East, where it was cornered near an unoccupied building, Salt Lake Police Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.
In hopes of tranquilizing and relocating the mountain lion, representatives from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources were called to the area as officers held the large cat at bay for more than an hour, Shearer said.