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8:58 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Tulsa Mountain Lion

Tulsa, OK – Mountain lion retrieved from tree in NE Oklahoma

(Information in the following story is from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Zoo will care for a 70-pound female mountain lion that was found in the back yard of a north Tulsa home.

Police officers and officials from the Tulsa Zoo, Animal Control and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation responded after a homeowner reported finding the animal about 20 feet up in a tree shortly after noon on Saturday.

Officials shot the animal with a tranquilizer, but she ran through several back yards and trees before she got drowsy and fell asleep.

Zoo veterinarian Kay Backues says the mountain lion had no apparent injuries and will be cared for there until a permanent home is found.

The agency says mountain lions are rare in Oklahoma, and tend to be found in the southern and western parts of the state.