Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

HESPERIA, California (AP) – Firefighters have rescued a very big cat – a mountain lion – from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert.

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

San Bernardino County firefighters found the large mountain lion perched on a branch about 50 feet high.

State wildlife personnel tranquilised the animal. Firefighters lowered it to the ground using a rescue harness.

A biologist evaluated the cougar before it was released back into the wild.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden Rick Fischer said it’s not uncommon for mountain lions to wander outside their habitat in the nearby mountains.

Attacks on humans are rare but the big cats will prey on pets and livestock.

This February 16 photo courtesy of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife shows a mountain lion in a tree outside a private residence in the City of Hesperia, California. – AP