With the help of a dog handler, officials tracked her to a storm drain in Giant Springs State Park on Saturday afternoon, according to local news outlet KFBB. She tried to run, but they shot her before she made it very far.
"It's just unbelievably sad that their first instinct is to kill an animal," Susan Bass, press relations representative for the Florida-based sanctuary Big Cat Rescue, told The Dodo. "That shouldn't be the first instinct, to kill an animal that seems like it was doing nothing but being in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Unfortunately, Montana is just one of several states that has a zero tolerance policy for big cats who cross city lines, even if they show no aggression and are, as most mountain lions are, shy and scared of people.
"We have a healthy lion population in Montana, and in order to appreciate mountain lions in the wild, we don't allow them in cities and towns," Bruce Auchly, regional information officer for the Great Falls division of FWP, told The Dodo. "It presents a human safety issue."