Mountain Lion Tries to Sneak Into Casino

Cat's OK after being caught near Harrah's in Reno
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2012 11:00 AM CDT
The mountain lion, after being tranquilized by Reno police. He'll be tagged and released.   (HOPD)

(Newser) – An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, ahead of the breakfast rush. Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was "almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager." Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn't after being chased out of a territory by adults.

Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino yesterday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza. State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada study. (Read more mountain lion stories.)

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