Cougar Caught Near Deer Park - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ.Com Exclusive: Cougar Caught Near Deer Park

DEER PARK. - Wash. - Neighbors in a rural part of town just a few miles west of Deer Park can breathe a sigh of relief after wildlife officers captured a cougar running loose in the area.

Anita Brazington walked out to her goat pen early Wednesday morning to find her two goats lying on the ground covered in grass.

"And I knew immediately that something had happened and they were attacked by a cougar," said Anita Brazington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife came out and set up live traps in her yard and used the goats bodies as bait.

"About 11 o'clock last night we heard a big bang and we came running out here and sure enough there's those big eyes staring at us and we knew we had caught a cougar," said Brazington.

Anita says she never saw the cougar in the area before. However, she says some of her other neighbor's goats and llamas have been killed recently by cougar attacks.

"It's good to know he was caught. Being out in the woods close to the mountains it's to be expected we're going to have a lot of wildlife," said Brazington.

Anita says living in this rural part of town, the only thing they can do to prevent these types of attacks is to keep a close eye on their pets and rely on neighbors warning each other when a cougar has been spotted.

"There's really not a lot of precaution you can take. You're living out in the country and not much you can do to prevent accidents like this," said Brazington.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife says they ended up euthanizing the cougar on the spot because if they released it back into the wild it would likely just kill again. They've had to several cougars in the area in the last few months because of recent attacks on livestock. Wildlife officials say cougars won't typically go after humans. Instead they are looking for the easiest opportunity for food and that usually is small animals.

 

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