November 30, 2009
Bismarck Police Take Out Urban Mountain Lion
By Dave Hurteau
From The Bismarck Tribune:
"In 38 years of being a game warden, I've never met a live cougar," said Bruce Burkett, investigation superintendent for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
That changed Friday night after a 100-pound male mountain lion was shot near the former Home Depot Building in north Bismarck. . . .
The NDGF partnered with the Bismarck Police Department on the call. . . Bismarck Police Officer Jason Bullis fired a shotgun from 15 yards away after the mountain lion peaked its head out of [a] rock pile. Burkett said a shotgun was used because it was safer in the neighborhood than a rifle. . . .
“Our policy is if a cougar is in an urban setting, we have to take it out," Burkett said.