Mountain lion plays last round of golf in AZ

Lion killed after climbing into tree on city golf course
PRESCOTT, AZ -- Donna Michael didn't need any coffee to wake up Wednesday morning.

When she opened the kitchen blinds at about 6:15 a.m. after getting up for the day, a mountain lion was looking back at her through the window a few feet away.

"I just pulled it part way up and saw this face in the window staring at me," said Michael, who lives on Resort Way South between the City of Prescott's Antelope Hills Golf Course and the city airport.

Then the lion turned and went back under the bush by the window, she said, possibly to sleep since it was a nocturnal animal.

While some people might jump out of their slippers, Michael said she had a different reaction.

"I just looked at that thing and thought, 'How gorgeous,'" she related. "Just a beautiful, gentle, lovely face."

At the same time, Michael was worried about what could happen shortly when neighbors started coming out to walk their dogs and golfers arrived to tee up.

At around 8:30 a.m., she called a Prescott animal control officer, who told her how to reach the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Wildlife Officer Virginia Gouldsbury arrived shortly.

"I was able to see the lion and could tell that it was a healthy male mountain lion that looked to be about two-and-a-half to three years old," Gouldsbury said in a Game and Fish news release. "When the lion saw me approaching it took off running."

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