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Mountain lion removed from Modoc County community

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Posted at 9:35 AM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 12:36:33-04

ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A young mountain lion that took an interest in a chicken coop in the northeastern California city of Alturas was captured and returned to the wild.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the young, female mountain lion was spotted Tuesday around a backyard coop and was scared off, but returned to the coop on Wednesday and was also spotted elsewhere around the rural Modoc County community.

Authorities initially pursued the cat to encourage it to leave town, but on Thursday it was treed in a populated area and a decision was made to dart it and physically remove it.