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A Santa Monica Police Community Service Officer directs a pedestrian away from the barricaded area where a mountain lion was found in the courtyard of an office building on Second Street in the downtown urban core of Santa Monica, Calif., Tuesday, May 22, 2012.  Discovered shortly before 6 a.m. by a maintenance worker, animal officers and police tried several less-than-lethal methods to subdue the cat, but it continued to try to move out of the area and was shot and killed by police. Many area workers and shoppers were kept out of the area for hours.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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