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Sep 6, 2009 11:50 AM by Associated Press

Wildlife officials capture cougar in park

Wildlife officials in Washington state say they've captured a cougar that's been prowling through Seattle and had forced the closure of the city's largest park.

Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Darren Friedel says the cougar was immobilized with a tranquilizer and captured in Discovery Park at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Friedel says an enforcement officer tracked the animal after authorities were told the cougar had been spotted Saturday evening, the latest sighting in or near the 534-acre preserve northwest of the city's downtown.

Capt. Bill Hebner says the cougar is a 2 1/2-year-old male, weighs 140 pounds and is in very good health. He says officials are considering releasing it into the wild in Snohomish County, north of Seattle.

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