197-pound cougar captured by state biologists near Chewelah

State wildlife agents recently caught and tagged a 197-pound cougar. (Photo by Katie Kern)

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington state wildlife biologists have caught and tagged a 197-pound (89-kilogram) cougar.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the biologists tagged the massive cat on Monday north of Chewelah.

State carnivore research scientist Brian Kertson called the cat a monster. He said it's so muscular that the first tranquilizer dart he shot at it popped out as the cat flexed.

Kertson says it's the largest cougar caught in Washington state - as far as he knows.

Bart George, a wildlife biologist for the Kalispel Tribe, said the cougar was eating mostly elk.

It was captured as part of a predator/prey study.

Kertson has captured 20 cougars and collared 16 since December 2016.

On average, tom cougars weigh between 150 and 155 pounds.

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