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Cougar Captured Near Idaho Grocery Store

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - A long tail sticking out of the shrubbery was the first clue that a cougar had taken up residence near a grocery store in Lewiston.

The cat was captured Wednesday afternoon after a wildlife biologist shot the 80- to 100-pound male with a tranquilizer dart.

Idaho Fish and Game officials are seeking a zoo or research facility that is willing to take the animal, or it will have to be tranquilized because it has had contact with people.

Safeway employee Fred Coates says someone working on a landscaping crew asked him if there were any animals living in the bushes because there was a long tail sticking out of one. Coates went to investigate, spotted the cougar and called authorities.

      
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