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Mountain lion killed in Bismarck previously caught in southwest part of state

A mountain lion was shot by local law enforcement early Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, at the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK - A mountain lion shot and killed by Bismarck police officers Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, had previously been caught in a coyote trap in southwest North Dakota.

Police got a call at about 5 a.m. Tuesday from a person who reported seeing a mountain lion jump a fence north of a yard near the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.

The animal was shot "due to the danger to the public and the proximity to homes," police said.

The mountain lion shot and killed on Tuesday has some history with the Game and Fish Department, according to Jeb Williams, wildlife division chief for the state Game and Fish Department.

In late October, a coyote trapper south of Regent found a male mountain lion in one of his traps. Game and Fish responded and sedated the animal, put a GPS collar and ear tag on it and released it, he said. About a month later, they found only the collar.

Last month, a mountain lion sighting was reported to police near a north Bismarck school, though Williams said it's not clear whether the one shot Tuesday was the same one.

The last time a mountain lion was shot by police within Bismarck city limits was 10 years ago.