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Dangerous Wildlife Incident Reports


SPECIES
Cougar
 
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT
RP CALLED ME ON MY CELL PHONE. RP ADVISED ME SHE WAS IN HER YARD FIVE MINUTES AGO AND HEARD TURKEYS MAKING A FUNNY NOISE. WHEN SHE LOOKED THAT DIRECTION SHE SPOTTED A COUGAR ON THE EDGE OF HER YARD LOOKING AT HER. RP SAID THE COUGAR APPEARED UNAFRAID BUT IT DID SLOWLY WONDER AWAY. I WAS UNAVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO THIS CALL IN PERSON SO I CONTACTED A LOCAL HOUNDSMAN. THE HOUNDSMAN RESPONDED TO THE RP'S RESIDENCE WITHIN ABOUT 40 MINUTES. HOUNDS PICKED UP SENT OF A CAT NEAR THE RESIDENCE AND TREED A YOUNG MALE COUGAR A SHORT TIME LATER. RP'S RESIDENCE IS VERY REMOTE AND IS IN PRIME COUGAR AND DEER HABITAT. HOUNDSMAN CONTACTED ME BY PHONE WHILE COUGAR WAS TREED. HOUNDSMAN ADVISED ME THAT THE COUGAR APPEARED IN HEALTHY CONDITION AND DID NOT APPEAR AGGRESSIVE. HOUNDSMAN RECOMMENDED THAT THIS COUGAR NOT BE EUTHENIZED. I ADVISED HOUNDSMAN TO ALLOW COUGAR TO COME OUT OF TREE AND PURSUE IT ONE MORE TIME PUSHING IT FURTHER AWAY FROM RP'S RESIDENCE. HOUNDSMAN DID SO THEN LEFT COUGAR UNHARMED A SAFE DISTANCE FROM RP'S RESIDENCE.
 
REPORT INFORMATION
Date/Time of Incident: September 27, 2012
Date of Report: September 27, 2012
Location: 1100 BLOCK OF CHAIN LAKES DR
City: Elk
County: Pend Oreille
Game Management Unit: 124