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Several cougars spotted in Coeur d'Alene family's backyard

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The family sees a lot of deer. After they saw the cougars, the deer started coming back. The family sees a lot of deer. After they saw the cougars, the deer started coming back.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

It’s not unusual to see the occasional stray dog or cat, or even a deer. But it’s very unusual what one Coeur d’Alene family saw. It all happened near 15th and Best in Coeur d’Alene two days ago.

Bernadine Currie was in the kitchen with her family when she noticed something in her backyard.

“I didn't know if it was deer or what but they were apparently having a drink of water,” she says.

But deer hadn’t been visiting recently. Her sons went outside to take a closer look.

“When they realized we were looking at them we could see their heads poking through the trees,” says Ted Currie. “It was a cougar and then another one and then another one.”

There were four of them, Ted says, all about the same size wandering down the pond.

“I was with the Forest Service for several years,” Ted says. “I never seen a cougar ever…It was a bit of surprise.”

It doesn’t scare Bernadine though. She’s used to living with wildlife and knows how.  

“I try not to open the door if we have bacon,” Bernadine says laughing.

And she says there’s probably more living on that hill behind her home that she hasn’t seen.

“I’ve been looking for Bigfoot to come down but he hasn't shown up,” she says.

Idaho Fish and Game says while it is rare, it’s not unheard of to see cougars in a group. They say it likely could be a mom with her yearlings. If you see a cougar while out hiking, make yourself big and don’t make any sudden movements. Most of all don’t panic. For more information, CLICK HERE. 

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