A sleepy cougar taking a nap in a tree drew the attention of several onlookers as wildlife experts had to move in to safely remove the animal on Monday.
The cougar was resting in a tree near Interstate 5 and the VA Hospital on Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver. Wildlife experts say the 2-year-old female cougar was about 12 feet off the ground when a doctor from the VA Hospital spotted her at the edge of the property.
Because of its urban location, Fish and Wildlife officers shot the cougar with a tranquilizer dart and waited for the cougar to become groggy. The animal eventually slid down the tree and officers injected the cougar again.
Once she was asleep, the cougar was loaded into a container and taken off the property.
The cougar was released back into the wild in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, but it remained the talk of the town Tuesday.
"I hear a lot of theories about the tough spring (and) animals increasing their range for food," said Mike Weyand, a therapist at the VA Hospital. "But I bet that cougar is really happy in the National Forest right now."
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