Wildlife biologists in Montana tranquilized a female mountain lion found stranded in a precarious position atop a telephone pole. Video of the rescue shows the mountain lion clinging to the top of the pole Wednesday in Polson, near Flathead National Forest, while a wildlife biologist with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes shoots her with a tranquilizer dart from a lift bucket.
The big cat moves to the back side of the pole after being shot and ends up falling to the ground before the lift bucket reaches her.
Officials said the cougar wasn’t injured by the fall and was taken by wildlife biologists, who released the big cat back into the wild the following day. CSKT spokesman Rob McDonald said in a video posted to the Char Koosta NewsFacebook page that the biologists “hope this young one chooses the country life from now on.”