Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods At left, a young cougar is released back into Utah's mountains by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in an undisclosed site in central Utah (- AP photo / ThinkStock)
Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods
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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.

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COMMENTS (25)
  • LeslieR-Bla
    10/02/2014 - 04:03 p.m.

    I read the article "Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighborhoods". It was interesting to read that the cougars were on the loose for 3 hours and the officials have not being able to see a cat. Before reading this article, I did not know that the mountain lions are in Utah. The Critical Thinking Question asked about why the cougar did not die when it was shot. I think that they are strong for being killed.

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    10/02/2014 - 10:15 p.m.

    I think the young mountain lion would return to the place where it was found. I agree that the mountain lion can come to a place because the place where it was might be a wild place. I learned that in some places have wild creatures just pop out. I am amazed because a mountain lion appeared at a place. This article is very pleasing for me because once again a MOUNTAIN LION had appeared!

  • ArnulfoL-Bla
    10/03/2014 - 03:57 p.m.

    I read the article "Officials catch cougar roaming Utah neighbor hood". It was fascinating to read that it took more than 3 hours to catch the cougar because of how tricky it is. Before reading this article, I did not know that cougars like to wander off. The Critical Thinking Question asked about why the cougar did not die when it was shot. I think it was just a regular dart.

  • alyssar-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:19 a.m.

    I think that if I saw a cougar in my front yard i would freak! But then again that would somewhat be cool!

  • jamesr-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:22 a.m.

    It is really cool that a mountain lion was in that city, but i think the people there were scared the living heck out of. It's kind of scary, now that i think about it, that a mountain lion was in a city that long.

  • katelynnb-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:22 a.m.

    I think it would be exciting to see a cougar wondering around but it would still be a little scary not knowing weather it was going to hurt someone or if it would just keep going about it's business. I would not want to stay in my house several hours I love being outside so if this really did happen I would be excited and scared.

  • laurend-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:22 a.m.

    I think that, that would be so cool to see a cougar in your drive way. And why would you ever shoot a dart at a 2 - year old cougar?

  • erinb-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:24 a.m.

    I think that if I was there I will be scared a lot. I think the cat is weird because the cat went in the city.

  • jacobh-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:28 a.m.

    I can't believe that there was a cougar in Utah. On a driveway at someones house. I am wondering were it came from?

  • meganr-Mit
    10/15/2014 - 09:30 a.m.

    Well that is good that they told the people in the town to stay inside. It is also good that they put the mountain lion back into the wild instead of killing it. I wonder if that other mountain lion was related to the first one that came into town. I would though probably react the same as the people in the town and call the cops.

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