Thanks to tips from the public, Utah wildlife officers now have several persons of interest in the apparent stoning death of a young mountain lion near Payson.
"We are working on setting up some interviews," said Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) conservation officer Shawn Bagley. "We'll see what level of involvement there is and figure out what direction to go in."
On Jan. 26, a man hiking with his preteen daughter in the foothills east of Payson noticed three people, possibly teenagers, gathered at the base of a tree. When they saw the man, the teenagers fled toward Payson Canyon.