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Mountain lion captured in California town returned to the wild

January 08, 2013 at 03:36 PM

The Associated Press

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion spotted in a Santa Barbara backyard has been captured for return to the wild.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says the lion was spotted at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the heavily wooded yard bordering the Santa Barbara Golf Club, about two blocks north of U.S. 101.

A department statement says wildlife officers determined the young, male lion could not be chased back into the wild, and so it was tranquilized at about 12:30 p.m.

The approximately 100-pound lion was taken to Los Padres National Forest for release.

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Information from: KEYT-TV, http://www.keyt.com/


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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