Wildlife biologists with Idaho Fish and Game captured an adult female mountain lion from an Ammon Idaho neighborhood on Thursday morning.
The lion had been reported by a homeowner whose dog chased it into a tree. Given the proximity to Woodland Hills Elementary in Ammon, the school was put on alert.
Wildlife staff were able to successfully tranquilize the animal .
While moving an animal to a new location is often not an option for adult mountain lions, Fish and Game decided that given the circumstances, this lion was a candidate for relocation.
Wildlife Manager Curtis Hendricks said that the lion appears to be healthy and was not known to be aggressive and, given that this was the first report, it did not seem to have been frequenting the area and likely just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The adult female mountain lion will be transported to a remote location away from human populations and released.