Mountain lion that tries to enter Nevada casino released
State wildlife officials have tranquilized and removed a mountain lion that wandered into a downtown Reno entertainment plaza and hid under a stage. Video by ktnv.comvideo
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A mountain lion that was caught after trying to enter a Reno casino has been released back into the wild.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the 2-year-old male cougar was released into the Carson Range above Lake Tahoe's east shore on Saturday morning.
Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino around dawn Friday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage where it was tranquilized and captured.
Wildlife officials speculate the cougar was chased out of the nearby Sierra Nevada foothills by the drought or an adult cat that didn't want the competition for a mate.
Healy says the Carson Range is good mountain lion habitat because of its abundance of mule deer.