Friday, August 25, 2006

Idaho police shoot cougar

12:31 PM MDT on Thursday, August 24, 2006


BOISE -- Boise police shot and killed a cougar Wednesday evening in the backyard of an east Boise home.

Around 7 p.m. police received a call that the cougar was in the 1900 block of Mortimer Court, near the foothills.

On the recommendation of Idaho Fish and Game, an officer shot the cougar because he was concerned about it being a threat to residents. Officers initially were waiting for a Fish & Game warden, but due to pending darkness, Fish & Game advised officers to put the animal down for neighborhood safety.

The cougar was first spotted on August 13th in the area of Crestline and Claremont. Boise Police officers and Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials decided to leave the animal alone, because it was not posing a threat to public safety.

Boise Police activated its "Geo Notify" system to alert residents to the cougar's presence by automated phone message.

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