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Mountain lion found under Boulder deck relocated

A mountain lion was captured and relocated after it was found under the deck of a home in Boulder.
Credit: Adam Brucker

BOULDER — A mountain lion was tranquilized and then relocated after it was spotted hanging out under a deck at a home in Boulder on Wednesday afternoon, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

The young female lion was under a deck or patio at a home near Folsom Street and Mapleton Avenue, according to Jason Clay a spokesperson for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Clay said that the lion tranquilized and then taken to another location where it was released. Just like bears that are captured, the animal was tagged and will be put down if it is captured again, Clay said.

He told the Boulder Daily Camera that residents in the area have reported that pets have been killed recently, but that there was no way to confirm if the lion was responsible. Clay told the paper that Wednesday's incident was the first confirmed lion sighting in Boulder since Aug. 23.