A cougar walking down the middle of the road in front of a West Chewuch home. This photo, taken by the homeowner, is not of the cougar in this story but another close encounter with one of the big cats this winter. Photo by Georgia Adams

Photo by Georgia Adams

A cougar walking down the middle of the road in front of a West Chewuch home. This photo, taken by the homeowner, shows one of the cats collared during the course of local research efforts. This animal is not known to be involved in any of the depredation incidents in the Methow Valley this winter.