ALTURAS (AP/CBS13) — A mountain lion that took an interest in a chicken coop in the far northeastern California city of Alturas has been captured and returned to the wild.

The mountain lion after being captured. (Credit: California Department of Fish & Wildlife)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said the young, female mountain lion was spotted Tuesday around a backyard coop and was scared off, but returned to the coop on Wednesday and was also spotted elsewhere around the rural Modoc County community.

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Authorities initially pursued the cat to encourage it to leave town, but on Thursday it was treed in a populated area and a decision was made to dart it and physically remove it.

“This is what we consider a ‘no-harm, no-foul’ lion. This particular lion hadn’t caused any harm or any damage. It hadn’t behaved unusually. It tried its best to avoid people,” said Tina Bartlett, a regional Fish and Wildlife manager.

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The mountain was described as a healthy, female yearling.

Bartlett said the lion likely separated from its mother only recently and was out on its own for the first time.

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