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Published January 21, 2011, 08:19 AM

ND rancher finds 4 mountain lions in barn

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Watford City area rancher shot and killed four mountain lions after finding them eating a deer carcass they had dragged inside a barn.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Watford City area rancher shot and killed four mountain lions after finding them eating a deer carcass they had dragged inside a barn.

District game warden Bill Schaller told the Tribune newspaper that Bill Jorgenson went to a storage barn before dawn on Jan. 14 and spotted four sets of eyes in the beams of his pickup's headlights.

Schaller said Jorgenson used a spot light to find a 104-pound female lion and three offspring of about 40 pounds each in the barn.

Schaller said mountain lions are common in the area and Jorgenson acted within the law.

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