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Hot Clicks: Angry cougar resists help from brave wildlife rescuers in heart stopping video

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PINE VALLEY, Utah -

A cougar accidentally got caught in a bobcat trap in the Pine Valley Mountains of Utah and wildlife rescuers with the Division of Wildlife Resources had to step in to help the massive cat. The entire rescue was captured in a heart stopping video. 

Mark Ekins, Conservation Officer for the DWR says it's illegal to trap a cougars in Utah, so when trappers find a mountain lion in their trap, they are required to release the animal and report it to DWR officials within 48 hours.  Cougars can usually free themselves when they get stuck in traps like these but every once in a while, they need help to free themselves. 

The team chose to use catch pulls to free the cougar because they say they are more humane than tranquilizers. Ekins says tranquilizers can be difficult to access and sometimes result in the animal not waking up. 

Ekins says he's rescued many cougars in his career but only three have been as big as the one in this video and he admits, he was definitely nervous. 

"If I wasn't nervous or started to lack respect for the power of that animal, it could potentially be very dangerous," he said. "I'm nervous and I'm extremely careful when doing it. … I've probably only done three in my career that were as big as the one you saw. That was a really big one."

The video was captured on December 17, 2015 but only recently posted to YouTube.
 

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