According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a male mountain lion was found resting in a tree near a Cañon City neighborhood south of the Arkansas River just after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Colorado wildlife officers, with the help from Black Hill Energy, tranquilized and removed the mountain lion from the tree using a bucket truck. While lowering the bucket to the ground, the sedated lion started to become more mobile and latched on to the officer’s arm. It did not break skin. As the two wildlife officers started to move the lion into a bear trap for relocation, the lion became startled and scratched another wildlife officer on the back of the leg, breaking the skin, resulting in a minor injury.
Initial reports say that two officers were bitten before the lion was subdued. After speaking with a representative of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, they were able to confirm that one officer sustained minor injuries after being scratched by the lion.
An adult male mountain lion picked a bad day to run up a tree in a #CanonCity neighborhood south of the Arkansas River, @COParksWildlife‘s Area 13 staff was assembled for a meeting nearby and raced to the scene. The cat didn’t go easy. (To be continued) pic.twitter.com/nKLVJKXUnU
— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) May 8, 2019
The adult male mountain lion was estimated to be around 3 to 4 years old and weighed around 120 pounds, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
According to the Cañon City Daily Record, the cat was treed after an encounter with domestic dogs.
The mountain lion was safely relocated and released back into the wild, just southwest of Canon City.
If you encounter a mountain lion or an attack occurs, immediately report it to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. For more information on mountain lions in Colorado, click here.
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