STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. — Deputies killed a cougar in Colville that chased a resident's dog before landing on her back porch.
The Stevens County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrived on scene within 20 minutes after the caller said a cougar was chasing her dog around the backyard before settling onto her porch.
Upon arrival at her home, deputies saw that the cougar was still on the resident's deck. It jumped off the deck before running around the side of the house.
Deputies say they followed the cougar around the house and saw it still in the backyard. They killed the cat for "obvious safety reasons."
The cougar was wearing what is believe to be a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife collar, the sheriff's office said.
The Stevens County Wildlife Specialist responded to the area and took custody of the cougar. It will be turned over to WDFW.
The sheriff's office said encounters between cougars and humans, livestock and pets have been on the rise in the area. They reminded everyone to be vigilant around residences in rural areas.