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 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.READ MORE: Hamilton Fans Evacuated After Fire Alarm Goes Off In Sacramento Convention Center
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.READ MORE: Missing Marysville Teen Carmen Miller May Be Victim Of Sex Trafficking, Police Say
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.MORE NEWS: Proposed Campground Expansion At Auburn State Recreation Area Draws Concern Over Wildfire Risk
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