Wildlife agents in Washington state were ready to release a captured cougar back into the wild, but it didn't want to go.
They banged on the back of the cage, poked the cougar with a pole, and tried sliding the animal out by tilting the enclosure, but the young cougar wouldn't budge.
A puff of pepper spray finally drove the cougar into the woods near Arlington, about 50 miles north of Seattle.
Wildlife Officer Dave Jones fired bean-bag rounds to teach the female cougar to stay away from people. It had been captured after wandering too close to homes.
Wildlife officers estimated the 100-pound cat was about 2 years old -- about the age when cougars are left by their mothers and have to find their own way.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.