Captured cougar gets a 'hard release'

Captured cougar gets a 'hard release' »Play Video
The cougar sprints away from wildlife officers after being released Tuesday night.
It was a first for wildlife officers in Washington State, and they say Tuesday night's release of a cougar worked perfectly.

The cougar was subjected to what wildlife officers call a "hard release," where they use dogs and bean-bag guns to harass the animal to teach it to stay away from people.

The 140-pound cougar was trapped by officers on Monday after it was seen hanging around near homes and an elementary school between Auburn and Enumclaw.

A tracking collar was placed on the cougar before it was released, so officials will be able to monitor the animal.