VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – A cougar was captured in Vancouver early Friday morning and released back into the wild a few hours later.
An official with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said the 130-pound cougar was found in a tree at a home near Northeast 117th Avenue and Major Street.
The cougar ended up in Dennis Bergman’s yard, but it was his neighbor’s dog that first alerted everyone around 12:30 a.m..
“When we first noticed the animal he was up in the second layer of this tree here and he eventually, after the darts were shot into him, he actually came down to the ground,” Bergman told KOIN 6 News.
He said the cougar was still able to walk the length of his yard along the fence, so the animal control officers shot the cat with a third dart. He fell asleep a few minutes later.
The cougar was hauled off and released into the wild somewhere in the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest. Wildlife agents said the cougar was an older female about 130 pounds and was probably just nosing around the city eating pet food and rubbish that was left outside.
Officials urged people not to leave their trash cans out overnight.
— Tim Becker contributed to this report.
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