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Wildlife Officials Capture Mountain Lion Hiding Under Deck In Denver Suburb

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials relocated a mountain lion late last week after it was finding hiding under a deck in a Denver suburb.

Around 9 p.m. Thursday, wildlife officers in Englewood tranquilized a mountain lion so they could remove it from under a resident’s deck. It was released Friday morning in a more appropriate habitat in a neighboring county, the agency said.

CPW posted footage of the animal being released to its Twitter account on Friday morning.

The 60-pound female mountain lion was estimated to be 2 years old and was described as being in good condition. 

“The reason we chose to go hands on with this mountain lion was because it was so deep in the heart of the city,” said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Matt Martinez. “We are glad this operation worked out so smoothly for that neighborhood and for the mountain lion. We’d like to thank the Englewood Police Department and Code Enforcement for assisting us in getting that lion out safely.”

CPW did have one credible report of a mountain lion in Centennial on July 6, roughly 10 miles from where the mountain lion was relocated out of Thursday night.

It is possible it could be the same mountain lion, which may have navigated northwest up Willow Creek and Little Dry Creek and into Englewood, but there is no way of determining whether that is the case.

Mountain lions do come into urban areas to find prey, which could range from deer in city greenbelts to skunks, raccoons or even pets or hobby livestock.

There have been fewer than a dozen mountain lion-related fatalities in North America in more than 100 years and most of those attacks involved young lions, which perhaps were forced out to hunt on their own, according CPW. Young lions usually prey on easy targets, such as pets and small children.

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Green River Fire Department Rescues Rottweiler From Freezing Green River

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Five firefighters from the Green River Fire Department responded to a call at Electrocutioner Falls on Tuesday to help a female Rottweiler dog that was unable to get out of the water.

“Upon arrival the dog was pretty well spent and did not have much longer before she would have been overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia,” one firefighter said.

The department said Lt. Brandon Brady crawled out to the dog, grabbed the dog from the water, and then was pulled to shore by other firefighters.

Once they were able to safely get the dog out of the water she was transported to a vet by Green River Animal Control.

The incident was reported by operators at the power plant intake facility.

Other local agencies involved with this call were; Castle Rock Ambulance, Green River Police Department, Green River Animal Control, and Green River Fire Department.

According to Asst. Chief Larry Erdmann, the dog has been picked up by her owners and is doing very well.

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Laramie County Sheriff’s Deputy Catches Escaped Emu Without Getting a Roundhouse Kick to the Head

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The Rocky Mountain West is still the wild, wild west.  And in 2020, all bets are off. Anything can happen.

Earlier in the week, Idaho police were called to wrangle an alligator who had escaped from the Idaho Reptile Zoo and was hiding under someone’s trailer.

They successfully “wrangled” the gator and he made it back without incident.

Here in Wyoming, another exotic creature was on the loose. An emu, the second-largest living bird in the world (by height), escaped from its home somewhere in Laramie County.

Just like up in Idaho, law enforcement was called and the gigantic bird was “wrangled” as well and brought back home.

Explains the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office:  “Yesterday afternoon Deputy Herlihey was dispatched to 4300 block of Summit Dr. for an Emu on the loose call. She was able to successfully wrangle the critter and return it home. When you go into law enforcement there’s just no telling what you’ll get to see.”

It’s not light duty to capture one of these things. They can run up to 30mph and their legs are among the strongest of any animal. This is an animal Dwight Schrute would respect.

It’s hard to imagine anything more powerful than a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick but the emu would have to rank up there.

What’s most impressive are its toes, however.  According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica (it still exists), under the right conditions, the toe claws of emus are capable of eviscerating animals.

Thankfully for Deputy Herlihey, the right conditions did not occur.

If you’d like to see an emu in attack mode, here’s a video from some idiot clearly antagonizing the bird. We are strongly on the side of the emu.

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