Cougar shot and killed after multiple sightings in N. Spokane

Cougar shot and killed after multiple sightings in N. Spokane

Cougar shot and killed after multiple sightings in N. Spokane

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 1:04 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A sergeant with the Department of Fish and Wildlife shot and killed a cougar in North Spokane early Sunday morning.

Officials said they received three calls about a cougar sighting between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. in North Spokane Saturday. They said they received another call later in the evening near Francis and Indian Trail.

Around midnight Sunday, Department of Fish and Wildlife officials got a call about a cougar in a tree on Weile. The caller said they noticed the animal because their dogs would not stop barking.

Officials said the cougar was never aggressive but it was exhibiting normal behavior.

A sergeant with the department said there were a lot of factors that went into his decision to shoot the animal but ultimately made the decision to keep the public safe.

Officials said the cougar was a female that was about 2 years old and weighed about 60 or 70 pounds.  They said she was not in great health.
 

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