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Mountain lion captured in northwest Las Vegas Valley

Updated April 17, 2021 - 12:41 pm

A mountain lion was removed from a far northwest Las Vegas Valley neighborhood on Saturday.

Las Vegas police and officials with animal control and the Department of Wildlife were called Saturday morning after a mountain lion was spotted on Sweet Dreams Court, a residential are on the outskirts of the valley near Durango Drive and Moccasin Road, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Chris Dennis said.

The mountain lion was seen sleeping in the area before officials caught it, Dennis said.

The cat was tranquilized and will be “returned to the wilderness,” the city of Las Vegas tweeted.

Saturday was the second time this month that a mountain lion has been captured in the Las Vegas Valley and released back into the wild.

On April 1, a 60-pound female mountain lion was found 15 feet up a tree across from the Siena Golf Club, near West Flamingo Road and the 215 Beltway, Clark County spokesman Erik Pappa said.

That mountain lion was released to the foothills of the Spring Mountains. It was believed to be the same animal that was reported in Summerlin weeks before that, although it is possible more than one mountain lion was in the area at the time, officials said.

It was unclear if the mountain lion seen Saturday was the same cat.

Further information was not immediately available.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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