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Cougar killed in Wenatchee neighborhood

Rich Beausoleil, cougar expert with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife, looks at a cougar cub after it had been shot and killed Monday, April 11, 2011 in Wenatchee, Wash. (Kathryn Stevens / The Wenatchee World)
Rich Beausoleil, cougar expert with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife, looks at a cougar cub after it had been shot and killed Monday, April 11, 2011 in Wenatchee, Wash. (Kathryn Stevens / The Wenatchee World)

WILDLIFE -- Dogs are breathing easier in Wenatchee this afternoon.

After police evacuated homeowners from a Wenatchee neighborhood this morning, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials killed a cougar found underneath a house deck.

Rich Beausoleil, the ageny's cougar specialist, said the location of the cougar and the number of people in the area, including children waiting for a school bus, made it too risky to attempt to tranquilize the animal and remove it alive.

Beausoleil estimated the 30-pound female cougar to be six and a half months old and in poor shape, at half normal weight. He speculated that it may have been orphaned.

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WDFW Police Officer Danyl Klump received two separate reports of the cougar in Wenatchee early today and called Beausoleil to the scene with a Karelian bear dog to track the cougar. Within ten minutes, the dog found the cougar under a deck in a residential area.

Before the cougar was shot, Wenatchee police officers evacuated nearby residents and closed Franklin and Emerson streets. 

Beausoleil said such incidents are rare, since cougars usually avoid people and urban areas.




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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