WDFW exploring placement options Three young cougars that were captured last week in Winthrop are being cared for in Wenatchee while state wildlife officials work to arrange their transfer to an accredited zoo or wildlife refuge. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) law enforcement officers trapped the cougar kittens (also called cubs) last week […]
Two cougars shot in Methow Valley after killing pets
A dog and cat were killed last week by cougars in two separate incidents in the Methow Valley. The cougars were subsequently tracked and killed by state wildlife officers.
The first attack occurred on Monday, Jan. 2, on Second …
From Back Issues: Sept. 30, 2015
20 years ago, Oct. 5, 1995 50 years ago, Sept. 30, 1965 Young Man Has Close Brush With Cougar Saturday Spence Watson, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Watson, had a rather exciting experience on Saturday. He was out grouse hunting with his dog, Saber. Above Vern Strickland’s place, west of Twisp, the dog […]
Unusual cougar attack results in deaths of 12 lambs
In behavior that wildlife officials say is unusual for the species, a cougar apparently attacked 14 lambs last week in a pasture near Carlton. Ten of the lambs died in the attack, and two were so badly injured that they were euthanized.
Cougar killed after close encounter at Rendezvous home
Nate Hirsch, 15, was sitting on a couch in his upper Rendezvous home before school last week when he sensed something that made him turn around and look toward a window just behind him.
Cougar sightings scarce this winter
By Ann McCreary
In contrast to last winter with its string of cougar attacks on pets and livestock, this winter has been a quiet one so far on the cougar front. “The Methow Valley has had a few sightings. But we have not had the depredation” of last …
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.
Cougar shot after killing dog west of Twisp
A dog was killed last week when a cougar attacked it outside a home about two miles up Twisp River Road. The attack occurred about 11 p.m. on March 5, said Capt. Chris Anderson, regional enforcement supervisor for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The dog’s owner heard a commotion outside and discovered a cougar […]
One year after wolf attack, dog fends off cougar at Carlton home
By Ann McCreary
It’s been a tough year for Shelby, a wolf-husky hybrid dog owned by John Stevie of Carlton. In March 2013 the dog was attacked by a gray wolf just outside her home, and early Monday morning (March 3) she was attacked again — this time by …
No Bad Days: March 5, 2014
By Don Nelson Shot heard ’round the world The valley went viral last week with the story about 11-year-old Shelby White of Twisp, who shot a cougar near her home after the animal had followed her 14-year-old brother Tanner to their house. We published a story, because it was indeed interesting and locally noteworthy. […]