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Cougar sighted in Draper neighborhood tranquilized, to be released into the wild

By Katie Workman, KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 11, 2021 at 10:54 a.m.


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DRAPER — A cougar spotted in a Draper neighborhood early Saturday morning has been tranquilized by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and will be released in the mountains.

The cougar was sighted by a Ring digital doorbell near the neighborhoods of Rambling and Wylie at approximately 7 a.m. on Saturday, Draper City Councilor Tasha Lowery posted on Facebook.

Lowery encouraged Draper residents to remove objects that may attract wildlife — such as pet food, water sources, bird feeders and fallen fruit — from their property. She noted that cougars often follow deer and other wildlife onto properties while hunting.

Trimming vegetation and removing woodpiles that may otherwise provide hiding spaces for wildlife is also encouraged, alongside not leaving children or pets unattended outdoors, especially at the hours of dusk to dawn.

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