WDFW says coyote likely killed Kennewick woman’s dog, not cougar

WDFW says coyote likely killed Kennewick woman’s dog, not cougar
National Park Service

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Kennewick woman claimed that a cougar attacked her dog and dragged it away Monday night.

Now, state wildlife officials say it’s likely the animal that killed the small dog was actually a coyote.

The woman, Richele Davis, said the attack happened at her home near Arthur and Tucannon streets after she took her 18-year-old Affenpinscher outside.

She said she heard a noise like a “baby deer gasping for air” and saw a cougar running away with the dog in its mouth. The dog has not been seen since.

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A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer said they found no evidence of a cougar on the woman’s property, but they found coyote tracks and drag marks that appear to be from the attack.

According to the WDFW, dragging prey is much more indicative of coyote behavior than cougar behavior.

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