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.