Deer Lake cougar hunt coming to an end

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 9:58 AM

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.  -- A huntsman and his dogs made significant progress Tuesday in a cougar hunt near Deer Lake.

A certified hound handler had been searching the woods for two weeks after the cougar mauled a horse.

According to wildlife officials, hunting dogs picked up new scent trails in the area. The hounds picked up several scent trails, but there had been no sightings as of Tuesday.

WATCH: Bloodhounds hunt Deer Lake cougar following horse attack

Early Tuesday morning, the dogs picked up on the cougar's scent behind a house.

READ: Cougar hunt near Deer Lake hits 7 day mark

Wildlife workers said they will probably stop their hunt if the cougar is not found by the time their hunting permit expires.  They said they will only renew their permit if the cougar is spotted again.

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