(KTXL) — An injured mountain lion found in the center divider of Interstate 80 impacted traffic Monday morning near the community of Applegate and was euthanized, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP’s Auburn office shared two photos of the mountain lion just after 7:30 a.m.
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The agency advised that drivers on westbound I-80 should slow down and be prepared to stop as they pass through the area west of Applegate.
In the photos shared on Facebook, the mountain lion can be seen lying on the roadway behind a CHP patrol vehicle and a utility vehicle.
Although the mountain lion has its head up in both photos, it appears to be visibly injured.
Just before 4:30 p.m., the CHP office said “due to the extent of the mortal injuries sustained from a suspected vehicle traveling at highway speeds, the mountain lion was humanely euthanized to end its suffering.”