Biologists Capture "Monster" Cougar

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Washington wildlife biologists have caught, tagged and released what they are saying is the biggest cougar they've ever seen. 

The biologists tagged the massive 197-pound cat last Monday north of Chewelah. The average cougar weighs between 150-155 pounds.

State carnivore research scientist Brian Kertson told KREM that the cat was a "monster" and that the cat is so muscular that the first tranquilizer dart he shot at it popped out as the cat flexed.

Kertson said it's the largest cougar caught in the state of Washington, as far as he knows. 

The cougar was caught as part of a predator/prey study. 

"You could tell he was a big cougar. A couple of the guys had got to the tree before I did. But then when I got up there, I did look at it and think, 'Wow that's a pretty big cat,'" Kertson told KREM. "A hundred to 150 pounds is normal, he was 197.2 pounds according to the digital scale. I estimate him to be about 9 years old."

Do you hunt cougars? How big was the biggest one you've tagged? 

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