Utah Wildlife Agency Will Leave Cougar in Peace After Near Attack on Hiker
The cougar who almost tore a hiker apart while protecting her cubs has left the building, so to speak … and because of that, wildlife officials are going to leave her behind.
A representative from the Utah Wildlife Division told TMZ … the department has received a bunch of messages since Kyle Burgess“ Frightening encounter with the big cat, with many people involved, the animal could still be on the trail near Provo and pose a danger to the public.
However, we are told the agency has received even more calls begging them not to harm the mountain lion – from citizens who have argued that it has done nothing but try to do so. . protect her babies.
Welp, the department was able to approach both sides.
We are told that rangers have taken the Slate Canyon Trail for the past two days, trying to spot the cougar anywhere in the immediate vicinity of the walking trail. Fortunately, the UDWR says it did NOT find the cat, and therefore … suspended its search and deemed the area safe.
That’s pretty much what Kyle wanted – he told us he wished no harm to the “kitty cat”, for he felt that she was only following her maternal instincts.
The UDWR will not display warning signs either – the agency believes it is common knowledge that cats are found in the area. As for how to handle a … well, check out Kyle’s video. Worked for him !!!
FWIW, if the rangers had stumbled upon the cougar … they would have considered tranquilizing it and moving it to an area away from the trail.
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