Officials capture orphan cougar kitten

Posted: Monday, March 17, 2008

JACKSON, Wyo. - Wildlife managers have captured the last of three mountain lion kittens that became orphaned when their mother died in northwest Wyoming.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials caught the kitten around 3 p.m. Friday after a resident called in to report the cat.

Game and Fish spokesman Mark Gocke said the mountain lion appeared weakened and thin.

The kitten will join its two siblings who were captured earlier in the Jackson Hole area, and all three kittens eventually will go to a zoo in Wahpeton, N.D.

Officials said the kittens are thought to be less than six months old and likely would have died if left to fend for themselves.

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