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Mountain lion captured in Orem is dead; cause unknown

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Posted at 12:37 PM, Aug 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-18 22:19:25-04

OREM, Utah - A mountain lion captured in Orem Monday has died.

Officials with the Department of Wildlife Resources say it is unknown why the wild animal did not survive. A necropsy will be performed but results will not be available for at least two weeks.

Photo by Aaron Crowder Provided by Tina Crowder

Photo by Aaron Crowder Provided by Tina Crowder

Orem police said officers received several calls about the cougar near 500 North and 1000 East.

They searched for the wild cat but couldn't find it until a homeowner called to say the animal was in the backyard cornered by the family dog.

Crews with the DWR went to the home, tranquilized the mountain lion and were deciding whether or not to release it into the wild.

No one was seriously injured.