Mountain Lion Tries to Sneak Into Casino

Cat's OK after being caught near Harrah's in Reno
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2012 11:00 AM CDT
Mountain Lion Tries to Sneak Into Casino
The mountain lion, after being tranquilized by Reno police. He'll be tagged and released.   (HOPD)

An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, ahead of the breakfast rush. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was "almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager." Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn't after being chased out of a territory by adults.

Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino yesterday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza. State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada study. (More mountain lion stories.)

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