Saturday, 31 January 2015

-NEWSLINK -U.S.A-Big cat, big fright: Cougar caught behind SE Bend home ODFW: 120-lb. male to be euthanized; relocations raise issues

BEND, Ore. - A cougar lounging in a tree high above a southeast Bend home was tranquilized and captured by wildlife officials and law enforcement Friday afternoon as shocked neighbors watched and snapped photos. MORE FROM KTVZ.COM G.I. Bill helps veterans get free flight school Kitzhaber: I still love Cylvia Hayes, won't resign Friday's Scores '100+ Women Who Care' give $25K to Disability Network Man found fatally shot in Tigard home "I just saw all the officers and I thought, what is going down?" said one woman who lives on the block. "I would have never thought it would be a cougar." Several agencies responded to the call from a resident off Polaris Court who said the cat was lying in a tree right off his back porch. "A lot of times we get calls about cougars, and they're not -- it's just a really large cat," said Bend police Cpl. Rob Emerson. "It was in fact a cougar, so it was kind of exciting." Officers pointed guns at the cougar and made a plan -- finally taking a ladder, climbing onto the roof and shooting it with a tranquilizer gun. Once it feel asleep in the tree, the mission become trickier: getting the 120-pound cat out of there. "We climbed the tree, hooked a rope over it and lowered him down," said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Corey Heath. A team then lifted the cougar into a box to be taken to ODFW -READ MORE AND SEE VIDEO LINK-

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