Mountain Lion Kills Deer Close To Lake Tahoe

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File photo of cubs. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

File photo of cubs. (Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Department of Wildlife officials say the public has nothing to worry about after a mountain lion killed a deer close to a Lake Tahoe resort and campground.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports  Wednesday’s incident raised concern because it occurred close to the Zephyr Cove Lodge and campgrounds.

But Nevada wildlife department spokesman Chris Healy says mountain lions stay away from humans and domestic animals as much as possible, and the lion in question did not display any unusual behavior.

University of Nevada, Reno researcher Alyson Andreasen says she set up a box trap with the deer body inside in an attempt to catch the lion Wednesday night, but the animal never returned.

She says the trap was removed Thursday because the lion is not likely to return.

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