I'm sure in cities that have mountain lions and bears regularly wandering into town, there are a lot more officers trained in how to deal with that kind of situation. In Des Moines, animal control is usually being called in for raccoon and possums. And even if they did tranquilize it, what then? It's natural habitat is hundreds of miles away and transportation is difficult and expensive. It's unfortunate, but putting it down was simply the right thing to do.
Iowa doesn't have mountain lions. I call it a fake.
Not sure if sarcasm or not, but Iowa certainly does. Numerous sightings up near my hometown (northwest Iowa) over the past few years. Whatever theory you want to believe on why they're here is irrelevant. But sightings are fairly common up there along the Big Sioux River area.
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