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(Brian Head-AP) -- Police in Brian Head are prowling for a mountain lion residents say is stalking them.
The cougar was spotted eight times over the past three weeks, including at the Brian Head mall and nearby ski slopes. Last week, the cougar followed two different girls home from school on two different days.
So far, it hasn't tried to attack anyone. But deputies fear that if someone starts running, the cat's natural instinct will kick in and it'll chase them like prey.
Authorities say the mountain lions leave higher elevations in the winter to feed on deer and other wildlife in the foothills.
Deputies were authorized yesterday by wildlife officials to kill the cougar when it's captured.
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