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Breaking: Mountain Lion Caught, Killed Near Pinos Altos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Game and Fish officers say animal that may have killed local man was trapped last night.

The mountain lion believed to have killed 55-year-old Robert Nawojski near his home in Pinos Altos last week was captured in a snare last night and killed this morning, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has announced.

The lion was an average-sized adult male weighing about 125 pounds and was found with four bullet holes in it that appeared to be from buckshot, the release said.

A Game and Fish officer had shot and wounded a lion with buckshot on June 19 near Nawojski's small mobile home in a wooded area of Pinos Altos, north of Silver City, the release said.

Nawojski's partially eaten and buried body was found June 20 near a rock ledge about 60 yards from his home, and officials believe he was killed by a mountain lion on June 17 or 18, according to the release.

The lion was caught today in a U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services snare abiout a half-mile from the rock ledge where Nawojski was believed to have been attacked, the release said.

The lion was killed and its body will be taken to a New Mexico State Police crime lab for a necropsy.

The Silver City Sun-News reported this morning that preliminary autopsy reports from the state Office of the Medical Investigator confirm that Nawojski was killed in a mountain lion attack.