Cougar sightings in Lake StevensJOURNAL STAFF The Lake Stevens Police Department has recently received reported sightings of a cougar within the city limits.
Lake Stevens Animal Control would like to remind residents that cougar sightings are not a new happening to this area and that there are measures that citizens can take to reduce the likelihood that cougars will be attracted to their property.
Keep small children and pets inside when they are not under your supervision, especially at night.
Keep pet food and all other food items inside. If food sources are removed, the cougar will move on.
Keep garbage and compost securely contained and not left exposed. Garbage can not only attract cougars, but rodents, opossums, raccoons, coyotes, etc. These smaller animals can be an attraction for cougars.
Cougars are most active from dusk to dawn, although they can travel and hunt during the day. Cougars generally take their prey to a secluded area to feed and will cover any uneaten portions with debris, (grass, leaves, sticks, etc.). They will often guard or return to the area.
If you should spot a cougar:
Stop, pick up small children. Do NOT run, this may trigger an attack. Their instinct is to chase.
Face the cougar, talk firmly while backing away. Leave the animal an escape route.
Do NOT take your eyes off the cougar. Turn your back, crouch down or attempt to hide.
Never approach a cougar, its kittens or its kill.
If the cougar does not flee or it shows signs of aggression, shout, wave your arms, throw things, make yourself “big” and perceived as a threat.
If the cougar attacks, fight back! Try to stay on your feet. Pepper spray in its face is known to be effective.
For additional information on cougar or other wildlife please visit www.wdfw.wa.gov.