Friday, April 08, 2016

Errant mountain lion rescued from top of power pole

Officials rescued a mountain lion from the top of a power pole near Polson, Montana, on Wednesday morning.

Wildlife biologists were first on the scene. Tribal Law Enforcement, aided by Polson police, Lake County deputies and tribal game wardens also responded.

Mission Valley Power cut the power to allow tribal game wardens and biologists to tranquilise the lion. Once tranquilised, the cat tumbled to the ground.

YouTube link. Additional video, with completely different footage.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes communications director Rob McDonald said it appears the lion wasn't injured in the fall. McDonald said the young cat was to be released sometime on Thursday.


Ratz said...

I'm surprised they didn't have a net or something for it to fall on. It's probably hard enough to hold onto the top of a pole when you're conscious.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, normally you see nets in these situations, like black bears in relatively small trees.