Mountain Lion Tranquilized On CU-Boulder Campus Near Kittredge Dorms

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A young mountain lion found its way into the University of Colorado's Kittredge residence hall complex this afternoon before being tranquilized and removed by wildlife officials.

The mountain lion, which witnesses said was about 4 feet long, was in a tree next to a pedestrian bridge that crosses Kittredge Pond between Andrew and Smith halls on the Boulder campus.

The cougar was shot with a tranquilizer dart around 2:50 p.m., and wildlife officers waited about 15 minutes for the drugs to take effect. Officers then removed the cat from the tree and loaded it into a truck for relocation.

Jennifer Churchill, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said that officers estimated the male mountain lion to be between 1 and 2 years old. She said that at that age, males are no longer with their mothers and begin their search for territory of their own.

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