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Circle of Life: Mountain Lion Suspected of Mauling Mare Gets Hit By Car

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Cars are at the top of the food chain: a mountain lion suspected of mauling a mare at an animal care center in Lancaster ended up getting hit by a car yesterday.

County animal control officers put down the cougar because it was so badly injured, according to City News Service. Its body has been turned over to Fish and Game officers, who plan to find out if the dead lion was connected to a mare attack earlier this week.

A mare at the Lancaster Animal Care Center, who had been nursing a foal, was attacked earlier this week, and it lost so much blood in the attack that officials euthanized it. The cougar who was struck by the car wasn't far from the animal care center, but a necropsy should be able to determine if it was the culprit.