Cougars on the prowl, not increase, officials say   Leave a comment

Exposing the Big Game

[This is from my old stomping grounds, the Methow Valley, where I lived for over 20 years and saw 4 out of the 5 cougars I’ve seen so far in my relatively short life (geologically speaking).]

By Ann McCreary

The recent series of cougar attacks on domestic animals may have people wondering if there are more cougars than usual in the Methow Valley. Not so, says a wildlife researcher who has studied cougars here for more than a decade.

While there may be an unusual concentration of cougar incidents in recent weeks, the big cats are simply doing what comes naturally and taking advantage of opportunities for an easy meal courtesy of humans, according to Rich Beausoleil, cougar and bear specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Wildlife officials killed another cougar last Friday (Jan. 10) — the fourth in five weeks — after the cat killed a sheep at…

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Posted 26 January, 2014 by Wolf is my Soul in No category / Okategoriserade

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