Our community extends condolences to our neighbors in River Bend who have lost a pet to the cougar.
This recent sad news about a cougar taking pets in River Bend (and possibly at other homes as well) reminds us again that we live in an area of large wild animals. We should be mindful that this area has been home to such animals far longer than it has been our home and that they have adapted to our presence.
The State has an excellent website with lots of practical and interesting information. Please take the time to be an informed resident. The page for cougar awareness is http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/cougars.html. Using a reliable source of information is the best way to learn about this situation.
There is a similar page on the State’s website regarding living with bears, http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/bears.html.
Please keep in mind the new law about not attracting these animals to your yard. A portion of this new law is posted here.