Thursday, May 07, 2009

Colorado: Young cougar orphan captured

Young mountain lion captured Wednesday in Firestone

FIRESTONE — A young mountain lion was tranquilized and moved west on Wednesday after residents reported that the cougar was trapped in a window well, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
The 40-pound cat might be orphaned because it is too young to be away from its mother and was considerably farther east than normal, said Jennifer Churchill, spokeswoman for the division.
Division officers did not find evidence that the cougar’s mother was with him.
Churchill said sometimes wildlife officials have to put down lions the first time they leave their habitats, but the cougar captured Wednesday was young and did not cause any apparent mischief during his stay in Firestone.
“Obviously, we’re going to give him a second chance,” she said.

Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273 or pshields@times-call.com.

http://www.timescall.com/news_story.asp?ID=16018

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