Randall Park area asked to keep children, pets inside due to cougar sighting

Authorities searched the Yakima park Monday after several reports of a cougar sighting were made.
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YAKIMA – Authorities are searching in and around a Yakima park after several people reported seeing a cougar in the area.

Just after 10 a.m. Monday, authorities with the Washington State Patrol, Yakima Sheriff’s Office, Yakima Police Department, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife got to the park to look for the wildcat.

The city asked that people in the area of Randall Park near 48th Avenue South stay indoors and keep children and pets inside.

The heaviest police presence is across from 48th Avenue and Viola.

Authorities are searching for the cougar using dogs and drones as well as a foot search of the area.

While cougar sightings are not unusual for Yakima and the surrounding areas, most of the sightings are usually reported in rural areas. On August 1, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sheep Company Road and W Huntzinger Road in Selah after a cougar was spotted in a tree.

If you spot a cougar or other predatory wildlife, you can fill out a report on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website. This will help authorities track the wildlife and help warn people who are in the area.