25 Jun 2008

Man Killed by Mountain Lion in Southern New Mexico

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Reuters:

A mountain lion attacked, killed and partially ate a New Mexico man, authorities said on Tuesday.

A search party found the body of Robert Nawojski, 55, in a wooded area near his mobile home in Pinos Altos, New Mexico, late last week, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said.

Investigators concluded that Nawojski had been attacked and killed by a mountain lion, or cougar, at a spot close to his home, where he lived alone and was known to bathe and shave outdoors.

Spokesman Dan Williams said the lion subsequently dragged the man’s body a short distance into nearby woodland and ate and buried parts of it.

Nawojski was reported missing by his brother last week. A search party found a mountain lion lurking near his home, and reported it to the Department of Game and Fish, who shot and wounded the animal.

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T F Stern

The man lived in a mobile home; this is a sign that he suffered from a suicidal condition normally taken care of by tornado activity. lol



MikeinAppalachia

“…shot and wounded…”?
Wonderful.



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Randy

The lion was found shortly after and killed. My brother is a Game Warden in NM who assisted in trapping the animal. They also trapped another lion, a black bear, and a lady on a horse… no joke. Guess she couldn’t read the warning signs posted!



janice

However, it isn’t true that robert was bathing outside, the game and fish are just saying that to justify his death and the fact that they knew there was serious lion activity including stalking for at least a week and they chose to do nothing. Robert was probably washing up in his camper when he heard something and went outside.
His door was open, his water was on, his false teeth were on the table.



janice

Oh, and the game wardens didn’t trap anything, wildlife services the real professionals were responsible for the real action that mitigated the situation. game wardens told people not to worry lions were native to the area, as if they didn’t know, and one may have given out beanbag bullets. It was a game warden that wounded the lion though.



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