PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have euthanized a cougar that was captured in the backyard of a Portland home.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials made the decision to euthanize the animal late Friday. Officials say the decision was made due to public safety, because the animal had lost its fear of people.

Wildlife officials removed the cougar Friday afternoon from a tree in a Portland neighborhood, after tranquilizing it with a dart.

The animal was placed in a cage and euthanized a while later.

Residents have reported multiple cougar sightings in Portland in recent days, and officials say it might have been the same big cat.