HORSE KILLED AFTER COUGAR ATTACK Deer Lake Animal Euthanized; Predator Spotted at Camp

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HORSE KILLED AFTER COUGAR ATTACK Deer Lake Animal Euthanized; Predator Spotted at Camp


Hill, Kip, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


Wildlife officials are searching for a cougar that they believe attacked a horse that later had to be euthanized near Deer Lake on Tuesday night.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to a home off North Deer Lake Road shortly after 6 p.m., where they found a horse with severe front leg injuries, said Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor.

"It was going to lose a leg and needed to be put down," Taylor said.

The case is one of several cougar incidents local Fish and Wildlife officials have responded to in the last five weeks. In late June, two goats were killed, likely by a cougar, near Fairchild Air Force Base. In early July, wildlife officials believe a cougar killed two llamas near Newman Lake.

There were multiple sightings of a cougar within Spokane city limits on July 5 in the Balboa-South Indian Trail Neighborhood. After more reports were called in on July 6, wildlife and Spokane police officers followed a tip to a cougar in a tree near Salk Middle School. The cougar was euthanized.

In Tuesday's attackon the horse, officials called out a tracker who uses hounds and attempted to find the cougar but was unsuccessful Wednesday, Taylor said.

The cougar initially was spotted by a staff member at Camp Gifford, a Salvation Army retreat about a quarter mile from where the horse was attacked, said Jeff Potts, director of the camp. Staff called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife immediately, he said.

Teenagers who were staying in the wilderness area of the 140- acre Christian camp were moved closer to the lodges and other buildings for safety, Potts said. …

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