News Animals Canadian Firefighter Rescues Cougar From Tree By Ben Bolton Writer University of Georgia Ben Bolton has covered athletics for several universities. He has since embarked on a career as a digital editor, creating media campaigns for major brands. our editorial process Ben Bolton Updated April 30, 2019 Share Twitter Pinterest Email News Environment Business & Policy Science Animals Home & Design Current Events Treehugger Voices Firefighters know it's a slow day when the call comes in to rescue a cat out of a tree. But sometimes, the cat in question changes the equation. Trevor Partlo, a firefighter in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, got the call this week to climb up a tree and bring down a very large cougar. The frightened, young male cougar was wandering near the Gorge Waterway. Conservation officers and police worked together to locate and move the cougar away from such a public area. Conservation officers tranquilized the cougar so it could be safely relocated. Once the animal was sound asleep, Partlo had to climb up and get him — and you better believe he made sure the 80-pound cougar was sound asleep. "Don't fall, and just make sure he's asleep," Partlo told CTV News in Vancouver Island. "I gave him a little pet just to make sure he didn't do anything." Once the cougar and Partlo were on the ground, the conservation officers conducted a medical check. They then found a remote area in the wild where the cougar could be released. The encounter is one both Partlo and his cougar acquaintance surely won't forget any time soon.