WDFW Sets Trap To Capture Cougar In Discovery Park, Washington

WDFW Sets Trap To Capture Cougar In Discovery Park, Washington

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

OLYMPIA, WA –-(AmmoLand.com)- Enforcement officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) set a trap today in Seattle’s Discovery Park in an attempt to capture a cougar that could be in the area.

The trap was set after the department received another report of a cougar sighting in the area. Since Tuesday, the department has received three reports of cougar sightings in Seattle – two in the Magnolia area and one in the Greenwood area.

Meanwhile, Seattle Parks and Recreation has closed Discovery Park to the public until Monday, Sept. 7, when park personnel and enforcement officers will reassess the situation. The park could reopen earlier if a cougar is captured, said Capt. Bill Hebner, who heads WDFW’s North Puget Sound enforcement program.

Enforcement officers also will be searching the park with the aid of two Karelian bear dogs that are trained to help track and locate bears and cougars.

“We are treating these reports seriously and doing what we can within an urban setting to capture and relocate the animal,” Hebner said.

Residents near the park should be aware that a cougar could be in the area, Hebner said. People living in the area can take a few safety precautions, including keeping small pets inside the house and closely supervising children playing outdoors, he said. For more information on preventing conflicts with cougars, visit WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/living/cougars.htm .

Anyone who sees a cougar should call WDFW’s Mill Creek office at 425-775-1311 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours or on the weekends, people can call the local Washington State Patrol office or 911.

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Mike
Mike
12 years ago

Truly a Joke. The WDFW Sergeant in charge does not like houndhunters and has put off using well qualified hunters to catch the cougar. The have had sightings that have been as little as three hours old and if the hound hunters used by other counties were brought in this would no longer be a problem. Now that all attempts by the inept King County WDFW Sargeant have failed he has been forced to call in real houndsman on an old trail. Because of WDFW officers personal beliefs, the park has been closed and the public put in danger for… Read more »

AmmoLand
12 years ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike:

Thanks for the inside scoop. Great to hear from locals who know the true story. Keep us informed.