Every encounter with a mountain lion is nerve-wracking, even when they have the disadvantage. At least, that’s the opinion of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer Mark Ekins, who filmed this rescue of a cougar last December. The video was only recently released.

“If I wasn’t nervous or started to lack respect for the power of that animal, it could potentially be very dangerous,” Ekins told KSL.com. “I’m nervous and I’m extremely careful when doing it. I’ve probably only done three in my career that were as big as the one you saw. That was a really big one.”

The conservation officer says he was called by a trapper who had accidently snared a large mountain lion during bobcat season. Traps meant for bobcats or other predators will occasionally capture a mountain lion, but they are designed not to harm the animal and it can usually be released safely. When it comes to predators this big however, state wildlife officials encourage trappers to ask for assistance when releasing the animal.

As you can see from the video, the release wasn’t without its nail-biting moments. Also, is it just us, or is the video at a much higher quality than you’d expect? There’s just something about those Utah hills when the sunlight hits it just right.

Image screenshot of video by MrCordoniz on YouTube

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5 thoughts on “Video: Warden Rescues Mountain Lion Despite Its Objections

    1. I tend to agree with this. While I have no problem with hunting for food & controlling animal populations, I’m just not a big fan of trapping.
      That being said, great video. That takes balls.

  1. Wow, the officer’s buddy sure does a quick “I’m outta here” @ about the 1:45 mark. Probably needed to pitch his underwear later.

  2. RPJ I am a hunter as well.The fact that traps just pin and often damage the animal is just not the way i would want to take an animal. In this case the big cat’s foot was damage and bleeding that may keep it from being able to hunt it’s food to stay alive.

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