Footage has emerged showing a large cougar being released from a bobcat trap in the Pine Valley Mountains in southern Utah.

Division of Wildlife Resources employee Mark Ekins took the footage after he responded to a call to help release a mountain lion.

The six minute video features Mr Ekins and a trapper using several catch poles on the cougar’s head and back foot to get it to lie down and stretch out so they can release its front foot from the trap.

Mr Ekins says: “trappers in the state of Utah are a huge asset in controlling predator populations, and essential in wildlife management.”

The rescue was filmed in December 2015 but has only recently been shared online.