Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Starving cougar killed at Manson, Wash.

Last updated September 1, 2009 8:18 a.m. PT

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MANSON, Wash. -- An emaciated young female cougar caught by wildlife officers in Manson was euthanized because it was starving and too week to survive in the wild.

Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Doug Ward told The Wenatchee World the cat killed Friday was likely the litter mate of a male cougar caught in Manson on the Fourth of July. It was released back in the wild.

Ward says the cougars were less than a year old and may have been abandoned by their mother because she wanted to breed again this year.

Another cougar that chased a mountain biker and attacked a pig near Leavenworth was killed earlier last month. Despite such high-profile incidents, Ward says cougars have been less of a public nuisance this year in Chelan County than in the past.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_wa_manson_cougars.html

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