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DWR captures, tranquilizes cougar that caused 2 Riverton schools to shelter in place

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DWR captures, tranquilizes cougar that caused 2 Riverton schools to shelter in place. (Photo: DWR)

(UPDATE 2/16/19 9:00 p.m.) -- The cougar was released back into the wild in Utah County by DWR officials.

(KUTV) -- A cougar which made its way into the Riverton and Herriman area was found and tranquilized by officials with the Division of Wildlife Resources Saturday.

The cougar sighting caused Foothills and Blackridge Elementary Schools in Riverton to shelter in place as a safety precaution.

The cougar was spotted by numerous people, including one man who caught the mountain lion on camera in his backyard.

The cougar did not attack any person or pet during the two days it was spotted in both Riverton and Herriman.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. Saturday DWR was able to capture, tranquilize and tag the animal.

They are currently working to relocate the cougar.


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