A mountain lion in a casino? Don't roulette out

Associated Press
In this photo released by the Reno Police Department on Friday Aug. 24,2012 showing an unidentified wildlife official tagging a tranquilized mountain lion that wandered into a downtown Reno entertainment plaza and hid under a stage. Officials planned to tag the animal and check its health before releasing it back into the wild. (AP Photo/Reno Police Department)
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In this photo released by the Reno Police Department on Friday Aug. 24,2012 showing an unidentified wildlife …

RENO, Nev. (AP) — An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, Nev., ahead of the breakfast rush.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was "almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager."

Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn't after being chased out of a territory by adults.

Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino Friday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza.

State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada, Reno study.

No injuries were reported.

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