COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP/KKTV/Gray News) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding the public to never, ever pick up wild animals - and especially don’t place them in a vehicle with young children.
A Colorado Springs woman did just that, putting the wild animal just inches away from where her son was in safety seat.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin says the woman spotted the injured adult male cat while driving, wrapped it in a blanket and put it in the back of her SUV on Wednesday.
A boy, about 3 years old, was in the back seat.
Agency officials told her to get her boy and herself out of the vehicle when she called to ask what to do.
Vogrin says District Wildlife Manager Sarah Watson responded to the call, opened a door and slammed it shut when she spotted the 20-pound (9-kilogram) cat.
Watson used a trapping device to remove the animal, which was hissing and resisting despite severe internal injuries and paralyzed rear legs. The mortally injured cat was euthanized.
“No one should EVER try this,” CPW said in a tweet Thursday. “This could have been tragic.”