Firefighters save a cougar from the tree in an extraordinary rescue


HESPERIA, Calif. – Firefighters have saved a very big cat – a mountain lion – from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert.

The owner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County have found the big mountain lion perched on a branch about 20 feet tall.

The state's wildlife staff tranquilized the animal. Firefighters lowered him to the ground with the help of a rescue harness.

A biologist evaluated the cougar before releasing it into the wild.

Rick Fischer, head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Department of State, says it's not uncommon for mountain lions to roam out of their habitat in the surrounding mountains.

Attacks on humans are rare, but big cats attack domestic animals and livestock.

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