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'Stupid teenager' mountain lion caught at US casino

The young animal was defeated by the revolving doors and captured by wildlife officers.

Reno Police Department photo showing the mountain lion after being tranquilised and tagged.
Reno Police Department photo showing the mountain lion after being tranquilised and tagged.
Image: AP Photo/Reno Police Department

AN UNDERAGE MOUNTAIN  mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, Nevada, ahead of the breakfast rush.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat’s behaviour 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 Friday morning. When the animal couldn’t negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza.

State wildlife officials tranquilised the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada, Reno study.

No injuries were reported.

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