8/9/2019 Update on Cougar Sighting from Monday, August 5

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All week, the City has been in regular contact with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. As of this afternoon, no new sightings have been reported to Fish and Wildlife or the Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) since the initial sightings reported on Monday.

Fish and Wildlife officers and a trained tracking dog spent several hours in and around the areas near Pioneer Park where the cougar was seen. In order to effectively track the cougar, trained K9 tracking dogs need a fresh scent. The City encourages the public to immediately notify Fish and Wildlife officer Sergeant Kim Chandler (425-775-1311 ext. 122) or MIPD (425-577-5656) if the cougar is seen.

Follow this link https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/species/puma-concolor for more information about cougars in Washington.

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