Wildlife Officers Scramble To Free A Cougar Caught In A Hunting Trap

Rescuing a trapped or injured animal can often be tricky, especially if it’s a wild animal that needs rescuing. That’s what makes what happened to this conservation officer from the Southern Utah Division of Wildlife Resources so intense. He definitely didn’t expect to find a mountain lion with one of its front paws stuck in a hunting trap when he woke up that day…

The wild big cat didn’t understand that the brave officer only wanted to help him—and it didn’t seem inclined to cooperate at all. Realizing the cougar’s life was on the line, the officers stopped at nothing to try and bring the animal to safety. The resulting footage is truly incredible. [Credit: Mark Ekins / Southern Utah Division of Wildlife Resources]

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