Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods
A mountain lion was let back into the wild Monday. That was one day after it roamed into a Salt Lake City neighborhood. Dozens of families had to stay inside their homes for hours.
No people or pets were injured. But the hunt for the 2-year-old cougar caused quite a commotion. The neighborhood is just a few miles from the base of the Wasatch Mountains.
For some people, it's pretty scary. Other people get excited when a cougar visits town, said Scott Root. He is spokesman for the Division of Wildlife Resources.
The cat first was spotted at 3 p.m. Sunday. A Reverse 911 call then went out. It told people to stay inside. Officers searched backyards and talked to residents.
Three hours later, they still hadn't been able find the cat. Then a resident called. He had seen the animal on a neighbor's driveway. Officials used a dart to make the cat sleepy.
The mountain lion then was found sleeping in a front yard. The cat was released in central Utah, Root said. It was tagged so officials know if she comes back into the city.
In June, another mountain lion was captured. It was found a few miles from where this week's cat ended up. It had wandered into a shopping center. It was spotted near the entrance to a steakhouse. Nobody was hurt. But the sighting scared people arriving to work.