The man came back from a hunt and had to be held while airport officials investigated the validity of his hunting tags.
A hunter was being held in a Las Vegas airport after security screeners found a dead cougar in his luggage.
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The unknown man was returning home from a hunting as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents discovered the body just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Metropolitan Police Lt David Gordon, the Review Journal reported.
The cougar was tagged by the Utah State Fish and game, but TSA agents had to keep the man at the McCarran International Airport to confirm the validity of the label.
Airport spokeswoman Melissa Nunnery told the Associated Press the man ended up sending the cougar carcass house instead of hauling on the plane.
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The man was not charged with a crime – it is not illegal to transport a legally owned game on airline flights. However, Gordon points out, airlines refuse to transport certain items, on the basis of the policy of the company.