Woman describes alleged cougar attack on her dog in Tri-Cities neighborhood
KENNEWICK, Wash. — UPDATE (Tues 3 p.m.) —
KAPP-KVEW reached out to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and sent them photos of the prints that were left behind. After looking at the photos, a WDFW biologist and cougar specialist said they believe they are dog tracks. Another WDFW representative who visited the scene said they did see any signs of cougar, but they did identify coyote tracks as well as drag marks from the smaller dog that was attacked. According to WDFW, dragging prey is much more indicative of coyote behavior than cougar.
ORIGINAL STORY —
A Kennewick woman claims she saw a cougar attack her dog on Monday night.
Richele Davis said she was at home near Arthur and Tucannon streets when she took her dog outside around 11:20 p.m.
She said she was in her yard waiting her dog to pee when a cougar jumped out of the vegetation by her house and attacked her 18-year-old Affenpinscher dog.
“I was just letting my dog do his thing, and then all of a sudden I heard this little noise like a baby deer gasping for air, and I realized it was my dog. So I dropped my phone and looked over and there was a cougar taking my dog by the neck away from my house,” Davis told KAPP-KVEW.
She says the cougar then ran away with the dog in its mouth, and that she chased him for a few hundred feet. The dog has not been seen since.
KAPP-KVEW reached out to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and Corporal Clark tells us because no law enforcement officials saw the animal, they cannot confirm if it was a cougar or a coyote.
“There was a cougar taking my dog by the neck away from my house.” A local woman tells KAPP-KVEW she watched as a wild animal attacked her dog in a Tri-Cities neighborhood. DETAILS: https://bit.ly/2KCc1d9
Posted by KAPP-KVEW Local News on Tuesday, 19 November 2019