Share story

The Associated Press

EVERETT — Washington wildlife agents were ready to release a captured cougar back into the wild northeast of Arlington, but it didn’t want to go.

They banged on the back of the cage, poked the cougar with a pole and tilted the cage and tried to slide her out, but she wouldn’t budge.

The Daily Herald reports a puff of pepper spray finally drove the cougar into the woods.

Wildlife Officer Dave Jones fired bean-bag rounds to teach the young cougar to stay away from people. It had been trapped for wandering too close to homes.

Wildlife officers estimated the 100-pound cat was about two years old — about the age when cougars are left by their mothers and have to find their own way.