Officials said existing protocol was followed and it was determined the cat was a threat to livestock and people.
“While most wild animals are wary of human contact, this big cat was exhibiting predatory behavior very near a house,” the ODWC said in a news release. “Officials confirmed through forensic examination that this mountain lion was indeed responsible for killing the sheep in the pen. The Wildlife Department took possession of the lion for further scientific examination.”
In the past 15 years, wildlife officials have confirmed about a dozen mountain lion sightings across the state. The big cats are native to Oklahoma.