A local bobcat trapper contacted Fish and Game last Friday morning to report he'd caught a young mountain lion in one of his bobcat traps. Fish and Game responded to a remote area in Owyhee County later that day.
They located the young lion and determined darting the cat was the best course of action. Darting went smoothly, and the lion was out in just a few minutes. Estimated to be three years old, the young cat was in good physical shape and suffered only a small cut on its left front paw. This injury was treated prior to administration of the reversal drug. Still groggy, the cat moved off under its own power just after 4:00 pm.
This is the fourth mountain lion to be released from a bobcat trap in southwest Idaho this winter.