Cougar captured near elementary school in Willmar
WILLMAR, Minn. – Police in Willmar say a cougar was captured near Kennedy Elementary School after being seen running through a residential neighborhood.
Officers received a 9-1-1 call around 7:45 this morning and found the cougar in a tree when they arrived. Before an officer with a tranquilizer gun arrived, the cougar left the tree and ran around the neighborhood.
School officials made sure all the children were inside and locked the doors.
The animal was laying under a large camper trailer and was shot with four doses of tranquilizer, then taken to a local veterinary clinic around 10:30 this morning.
Police are investigating to determine whether the animal is a pet or if it is wild. Police Captain Dave Wyffels says it would be unusual for a wild cougar to come into a city with many people around.
Police said the cat didn’t attack any people or pets.
Information from: J.P. Cola, KWLM Willmar and Laura Olson, KLGR Redwood Falls
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