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A mountain lion kitten that got sick after being fed bratwurst at a Colorado home is improving at a wildlife rehabilitation center. (Eric Kilby / CC BY-SA 2.0 via MGN)

Wildlife officials seize mountain lion kitten fed bratwurst

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WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials who seized a mountain lion kitten from a southern Colorado home said the feline fell ill after the residents fed it bratwurst.

Travis Sauder with Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the kitten appeared to be in good health otherwise and was sent to a wildlife rehabilitation center Tuesday.

The Walsenburg residents posted photos on social media Monday showing the kitten in a cage and describing how they found it in a snowbank after a snowplow passed by. They also said they were allowing it to "thaw out."

Sauder said residents should leave wildlife alone and that mountain lions can handle cold weather.

In September, also in Colorado, another mountain lion almost had interactions with humans at a motel.

The kitten, which is only a few months old, was kept too long to be returned to the area to be reunited with its mother.

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