Lion trapped in Boulder subdivision

May 15, 2006 at 11:10 PM
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BOULDER, Colo., May 15 (UPI) -- A 45-pound cougar was captured in a Boulder, Colo., neighborhood after killing a house cat.

The Boulder Daily Camera said the year-old cougar was pinned between the fences of two yards Saturday when wildlife officers closed in on the animal and shot it with a tranquilizer gun.

The lion probably will go to a wildlife rehabilitation facility for a year before it's released into the wild, said John Koehler, district wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Koehler said that coming across an occasional cougar is a risk Boulder residents take. "This is great lion habitat," he told the newspaper. "There are deer everywhere."

Last month, an adult mountain lion attacked a 7-year-old boy who was hiking with his family on Flagstaff Mountain. The boy suffered a broken jaw but is expected to make a full recovery, the newspaper said.

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