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Roaming Cancun cougar relocated to local animal reserve

Cancun, Q.R. – A large cougar that was found roaming Cancun streets last week has been relocated to the state’s biosphere reserve.

On April 16, the Cancun fire department received a call from concerned citizens who said they’d spotted a large cougar in the region of Pedregal in Cancun. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the animal was resting comfortably in a tree.

Personnel from PROFEPA along with veterinarians from the Bel Air Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife (UMA) and staff from Public Security carried out the large cat rescue. The animal was tranquilized and contained before being given a medical evaluation. The large wild cat was found to be without injury and in good health.

On Wednesday, the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) released the male mountain lion into the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, just outside of Tulum. This species of wild cat is considered an endangered species in the state of Quintana Roo.

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