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Update on Mercer Island Cougar Sighting (Aug 12)

Aug 12, 2019 - On Monday, August 5, the Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) was alerted to a cougar prowling overnight in the vicinity of Pioneer Park and it was observed clearly on security camera footage at approximately 6400 East Mercer Way before dawn (read prior press release here).

Since that time, various other potential leads have been submitted, but none have been confirmed, according to the State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). The City has conducted significant outreach, including on-site signage, to ensure park patrons and all Island residents are aware of the situation.

The WDFW, which has jurisdiction in these matters, has continued to investigate for the past week, using tracking dogs and site visits. In order to effectively track the cougar, trained K9 tracking dogs need a fresh scent.

The City encourages the public to immediately notify WDFW officer Sergeant Kim Chandler 425-775-1311 ext. 122 or MIPD (425-577-5656) if the cougar is seen.

Learn more about cougars in WA.


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