Captured Cougar Gets A 'Hard Release' - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

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KOMO4NEWS.COM - It was a first for wildlife officers in Washington State, and they say Tuesday night's release of a cougar worked perfectly.

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The cougar was subjected to what wildlife officers call a "hard release," where they use dogs and bean-bag guns to harass the animal to teach it to stay away from people.

The 140-pound cougar was trapped by officers on Monday after it was seen hanging around near homes and an elementary school between Auburn and Enumclaw.

A tracking collar was placed on the cougar before it was released, so officials will be able to monitor the animal.

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