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Mountain lion hit by car last year released in Ventura County

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A mountain lion cub that was hit by a car late last year has been released in Ventura County, officials announced Monday.

The then five-month-old pup was brought to the rehabilitation center at the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona campus on Thanksgiving Day. According to SDHS, he was believed to have been hit by a car the night before Thanksgiving and found on the side of the road in Simi Valley. Local animal control alerted Fish and Wildlife, which took the pup to Santa Clarita, where veterinarians provided initial medical care.

When he arrived at the San Diego Humane Society, X-rays revealed a broken hind leg. He was also treated for dehydration and malnutrition, and the veterinary team repaired the animal’s left tibia, using a metal plate and 10 screws to realign the bones, the Humane Society said in a statement.

Veterinarians then performed a second surgery to correct the placement of the screws. The cub needed additional time to recover, but was able to move to an outdoor enclosure for further rehabilitation in mid-December. In January, veterinarians confirmed that the fracture was healing well.

According to the organization, it was crucial that the cub fully recovered before its release, as mountain lions are among the world’s apex predators.

The California Fish and Wildlife released him back into the wild on June 26 with a satellite GPS collar.

CNS contributed to this report.

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