Cougars in Seattle!

mercury cougar— No, not the Mercury Cougar…we’re talkin’ cougars as in mountain lions, pumas, panthers, and catamounts.  The big cats more commonly attack pets and livestock than people, but a 5-year-old boy was mauled in the Northeast corner of Washington state last Wednesday, and in the past year other attacks have been reported in a few Western states, including Washington and Wyoming. In June of 2008, a cougar killed a 55-year-old man in New Mexico.

Associated Press reports that Seattle’s largest park, Discovery Park, is currently off limits as state wildlife agents try to trap a cougar in or near Discovery Park.  The last time that a cougar was seen in Discovery Park was 1981.  It was dubbed “D.B. Cougar” after the elusive hijacker, D.B. Cooper!

This past Friday morning, a man in that area said that he saw a cougar (no, not the Mercury!) in his driveway as he went to pick up his newspaper. So we’ve got foxes in Detroit, leopards in upstate New York, and cougars in Seattle…It’s a start, right?cougar

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4 Comments on “Cougars in Seattle!”

  1. Carycomic Says:

    I wonder how this publicity will affect Washington State University football fans? I mean; there team is called the Cougars. Right?

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      –Right!–And speaking of Cougars, my parents had a Mercury Cougar of the vintage pictured, but in blue…I can still remember the advertising jingle:
      “Cougar’s big cat/It’s got plenty of scat/And Cougar eyes that hide by day…”

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  2. Carycomic Says:

    My bad! That previous sentence should read “…their team…”

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