Man charged with killing lion in New Jersey

Man charged with killing lion in New Jersey

Man charged in the killing of a lion in northern New Jersey has been charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-admission.

The incident occurred Wednesday in the town of Ritchey in the Catskill Mountains, a popular tourist destination.

The New Jersey State Police said the man, whom authorities do not identify, was arrested Friday.

He is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Police said the lion was attacked by a man in a vehicle that had stopped to feed the animal at a feed store.

They say he was trying to take a photo of the animal when the lion turned on him.

The man then shot the lion in the neck and the shoulder.

Authorities say the man and a third person were driving away in a white van when they saw a lion near the feed store, and stopped.

The man was taken into custody without incident, and authorities say he did not have a firearm.

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