CODY — A mountain lion startled residents along Ina Avenue Friday, according to Park County Sheriff Scott Steward.
Steward said authorities were called in when a homeowner found the big cat lying outside, next to a back door.
Law enforcement officers and workers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department tried to corner the mountain lion after it ran into a garage. But it bolted out and ran through nearby backyards, at one point passing within a few feet of an unsuspecting resident doing yard work.
Game and Fish workers eventually shot the animal with a tranquilizer dart and removed it from the area.
Steward said that it was rare to encounter a mountain lion in one of Cody’s residential neighborhoods.
Additional details on the incident were not immediately available.