At least one official argued that the execution might not have been necessary. Ron Schauer, regional wildlife manager for the Department of Game, Fish and Parks, said that while the behavior of trapped animals can often be unpredictable, mountain lions rarely attack humans. "They are, as a rule, fairly scared of human beings," he told the Siskiyou Daily News. "I think in the last 75 to 100 years, there have only been 16 to 17 [BRACKET "human"] fatalities." This lion is believed to be the first ever killed within Yankton's city limits.