Mountain lion in the California tree "saved" by firefighters

0
19

A puma resting on a branch about 50 feet above the ground in San Bernardino, CaliforniaAuthor's image
California Department of Fish and Wild Animals

Image caption

The puma was resting on a branch about 50 feet (15 meters) above the ground

A very large cat was rescued from a tree near a property in California after the house owner saw it while working in the garden, officials say.

US firefighters arrived in the San Bernardino estate after the mountain lion – or puma – was spotted perched on a 50-foot (15-meter) tall branch.

The area was then insured and the animal was reassured and lowered to the ground using a harness.

He was released again at liberty following an assessment by biologists.

"It is common for young mountain lions to wander off what some would consider a normal habitat in an attempt to establish their territory," said Kevin Brennan, a biologist from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Author's image
California Department of Fish and Wild Animals

Image caption

The firemen arrived in a few minutes to extract the animal

The director of the department, Rick Fischer, said that extracting the animal would be difficult if the firemen had not arrived in a few minutes Saturday afternoon with a ladder.

"Leaving the lion on the tree would not be safe for the community," Fischer added in a statement posted on the San Bernardino County Fire Facebook account.

Author's image
California Department of Fish and Wild Animals

Image caption

The mountain lion has been released again after having regained consciousness

The cougars, also known as mountain lions, panthers or pumas, are members of the wildcat family. They live through the Americas, from British Columbia to Argentina.

Mountain lions attacks are rare, with less than a dozen people killed in more than a century, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officials.

Instances of attacks are often seen between sick or hungry lions, which are normally elusive and tend to avoid humans.

At the beginning of this month, a man running on a famous path in the park in the mountains of northern Colorado killed a mountain lion after he jumped on him from behind.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.