Mountain lion shot in south county

A mountain lion from the Nevada Department of Wildlife website

A mountain lion from the Nevada Department of Wildlife website

Just five months after a Topaz Lake resident reported mountain lions were roaming southern Douglas County, one was shot on the front porch of a Holbrook Highlands home.

According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, the big cat was on the porch of a home early on June 5.

“The person says the lion approached him and his two dogs and it was about to attack when he shot it,” Public Information Officer Ashley Sanchez said. “When a NDOW biologist and a game warden arrived at the property, they located the mountain lion under the front porch. NDOW staff tranquilized the lion and humanely euthanized the animal due to its injuries.”

She said no charges were filed since the individual shot the lion in self-defense.

“This is a good reminder that here in Nevada we live on the wildland-urban interface, where there are plenty of deer and other food sources for mountain lions,” Sanchez said. “Anywhere there is prey, there will be mountain lions, so this makes our area prime mountain lion habitat.”

Sanchez referred residents to the state’s web site on living with mountain lions at


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