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Two Cougar Sightings in Hoquiam, Two Destroyed Earlier This Month
Posted by David Havilandon June 14, 2013 at 8:50 am (1010 social interactions)
HOQUIAM, Wash. - The Hoquiam police department has received two more reports of cougar sightings. Chief Jeff Myers tells us around 3 Thursday morning a cougar was seen under the porch of a house in the 300 block of Garfield street, apparently chasing a raccoon. Both were gone when officers arrived, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified, Myers said about a week ago a small cougar was also reported in the 200 block of Endresen road.
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Information provided shows the department killed a predatory cougar on Geissler Rd in Montesano June 4th. Another injured cougar was killed June 4th behind a home on Copalis Beach road.
The cougar above was killed June 4th on Geissler Rd in Montesano, the video was compiled the following day.
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.