WATCH: Nerve-wracking footage of two men helping an angry, trapped mountain lion

2016-03-16 13:03

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Utah – Rescuers were faced with the daunting task of freeing a raging mountain lion that got trapped in a bobcat trap in Utah.

The rescue effort was captured on video by Mark Ekins, a conservation officer at the Division of Wildlife Resources.

Huffington Post reported that Ekins admitted to being nervous during the rescue.

“If I wasn’t nervous or stated to lack respect for the power of that animal, it could potentially be very dangerous,” said Ekin.

Ekins explained that mountain lions are able to pull out of the traps and can free themselves, although sometimes help is needed to safely release the animal. He added that he often responds to help trappers release mountain lions, which have been accidently caught in traps meant for bobcats or coyotes.

The conservation officer said that he and his colleague used catch poles to immobilise the mountain lion rather than tranquilisers as poles are “more human and a lot safer”.

The video shows the two rescuers holding down the mountain lion with the catch poles and finally releasing its paw from the trap. They then stood at a safe distance until the cat realised it was free to go, running off with the catch pole still around its neck.

“I’ve probably only done three in my career that were as big as the one you saw. That was a really big one,” said Ekins.

Watch the video here:

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