Earlier this week, social media was buzzing with reports of cougar sitings on the south side of Bellingham.
According to posts, a cougar was spotted on 20th street and again near Fairhaven Park and that tracks were discovered off the Squires Lake Trail and near the South Lake Samish exit from Interstate 5.
Bellingham is not the only area in the region to recently see Cougar activity.
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The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that biologists captured and tagged a “massive” cougar north of Chewelah.
Global News reported Sunday that a man on Vancouver Island captured video of “a monster tom cougar” last week.
“So I just found a shed antler, and there’s a monster, monster tom at 20 meters looking at me,” Adam Bartsch told Global News. “A monster tom cougar. And no, I don’t have a gun. I have nothing. And he is huge.”
Here is the video, which was posted to YouTube Sunday by She Hunts Productions:
On Tuesday CBC reported that a female and two young males were euthanized on Vancouver Island after killing a lamb, injuring a donkey and chasing pigs near a farmhouse last weekend.
Three other cougars were euthanized near Corvallis, Oregon, last week after attacks on livestock, according to an Associated Press Story.
Even the Tri-City Herald on Wednesday reported cougar and coyote sightings.
If you come across a cougar, Washington State Department of Fish and Game Warden Dave Jones said to not run, because that could trigger the animal to chase you. Instead, make yourself loud, big and noisy. Odds are, the animal will run off, he said.
Sightings are more likely to occur during dawn and dusk, and Jones advise pet owners to keep their dogs on leashes to avoid possible contact with wild animals.
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