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Mountain lion found in Longmont garage successfully released into remote area

Mountain lion release_June 1 2020
Posted at 10:38 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 12:47:16-04

LONGMONT, Colo. — A mountain lion that was found in a garage in Longmont Monday has been released into a remote area, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).

Early Monday evening, wildlife officers responded to a report of a mountain lion in an open garage in Longmont. When officers arrived, they saw the animal under a vehicle. The officers were able to tranquilize the mountain lion, which was identified as a young male, and removed it from the garage, according to CPW.

CPW wildlife officers Sam Peterson and Jason Duetsch released the mountain lion into a remote part of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.

Mountain lions are typically calm and elusive. They call home to areas around mountain subdivisions, urban fringes and open spaces, according to CPW. If you see a mountain lion, do not approach it. Stay calm, make yourself look larger (ex. raise your hands, open your jacket) and step backwards slowly. To learn more about living with mountain lions, click here. If you see or encounter a mountain lion, notify your local CPW office or sheriff's office.