Just hours before President Obama was scheduled to arrive in El Paso, police officers were involved in a wild chase of a mountain lion that wandered into downtown.
The mountain lion, a female weighing about 125 pounds, was spotted around a downtown intersection just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The animal was cornered in a garage where it was shot with a tranquilizer dart. But before the drug could take effect, the cougar escaped.
An animal control officer and El Paso police trailed the animal through a school yard, neighborhoods and business areas before cornering him at a business. After a second tranquilizer dart failed to subdue the cougar, two El Paso police officers and a state alcohol control agent opened fire killing the animal.
The shooting will receive an El Paso police review, according to a police statement issued Tuesday.
Such mountain lion sightings in El Paso are rare but not unheard of because of the proximity of the Franklin Mountains.