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Cougar shot and killed in downtown Kennewick today, in residential yard

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kenno, May 2, 2012.

  1. kenno

    kenno eastern WA Active Member

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    Published Wednesday, May. 02, 2012

    Modified Wed, May 02, 2012 11:38 AM 0 Comments UPDATE: Cougar shot and killed in downtown Kennewick today


    KRISTI PIHL Tri-City Herald

    Kennewick A state Department of Fish and Wildlife officer shot and killed a cougar at a home in downtown Kennewick this morning after the cougar had spent about nine hours in the area.
    The cougar was about 25 feet up in a tree in the backyard of the home at 3207 W. Third Place in Kennewick.
    Casey Leach’s two shepherd mixes were keeping the cougar up in the tree. As soon as she called the dogs into her home at about 10 a.m., the cougar was killed, said Sgt. Mike Jewell of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
    The Kennewick Police Department had received three different calls reporting a cougar in a half-mile radius near where it was eventually found. The first call came in at about 1 a.m. today.
    Jewell said he arrived at the home at about 9 a.m. The decision to shoot the cougar was made after discussing options with his supervisor, the area wildlife biologist and Kennewick Police officers.
    There were no other options based on the situation, Jewell said. A tranquilizer would take 15 to 20 minutes to immobilize the animal in ideal circumstances, he said.
    And there was no escape route for the cougar because it was in a neighborhood surrounded by other homes and people, Jewell said.
    “We had no other option, and we want to make sure we keep the public safe,” he said.
    Washington State Patrol also assisted in the response.
    For the full story, see Thursday’s Tri-City Herald or go to Front | Tri-City Herald : Mid-Columbia news
    Shot inside a fenced yard
  2. accessbob

    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    Wow, to have a cougar end up in Kennewick and not in the outskirts but in the actual heart of it is just - wow! I used to live in Kennewick so I know exactly where that is.