HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam Police Department received a report from a citizen of a sighting of two cougars in the 400-block of Chenault Avenue early Monday morning, June 3, 2013 at 0535 hours.
According to the citizen, one of the cougars was apparently eating a raccoon. Both cougars were last observed heading into the brush behind a vacant residence toward the north. The state department of Fish and Wildlife was notified of the sighting, but at this time it does not appear there was any interaction with citizens or domestic animals.
The department is advising citizens of this information as a reminder we live adjacent to several natural areas in the city where wildlife may reside or regularly travel. Citizens should account for their pets and not leave food or garbage outside where it could attract wildlife, including raccoons and other scavengers.
The police department cannot take action against wildlife unless the animal poses an immediate risk and threat to public safety, but otherwise works with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to attempt to address concerns if a particular animal becomes a nuisance.