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Cat-and-mouse game: Cougar roams CA backyards

AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion roamed through backyards in a neighborhood outside Los Angeles before wildlife officers tranquilized it. The lion was spotted Monday morning in Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness. TV news helicopters showed it pawing at the door of a home and jumping onto the roof of a shed, then leaping over a fence. Azusa police contained the big cat until wildlife officers arrived and used social media to warn residents to stay indoors. After being tranquilized, the sleeping lion was loaded onto a pickup truck to be moved out of the neighborhood.

Connecticut police warn walkers about ornery hawks

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police in one Connecticut town are warning residents about aggressive hawks that have been attacking their human neighbors. Fairfield police said Sunday on Facebook they have asked state and federal wildlife experts to come in and remove the hawk or hawks in question from one neighborhood following the most recent incident last week, when a woman was attacked in her yard. Meanwhile, animal control is stepping up patrols in the area. Police say the attacks follow a pattern and involve “hawks flying in undetected from behind a single person walking” and targeting the head area.

Crews replace RI power pole held together with duct tape

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Crews have replaced a telephone pole in Providence, Rhode Island, that was being held together by duct tape. WJAR-TV reports the pole was split in two several weeks ago when it was struck by a truck. A crew with National Grid used tape to hold the pole together, and a supervisor with the utility deemed it safe for the short term. A permanent repair was scheduled for next week, but the pole was replaced Friday after a resident expressed concern about its safety.