Running on a trail behind her house, Victoria Clark was looking at her feet, when suddenly she looked up and was face to face with a cougar. The young female cougar took off and later that day the cougar was again seen by Clark's house. A game warden used a deer carcass, assumed to have been killed by the cougar as bait for a trap he set nearby.
Cougars are not strangers to Sudden Valley in Washington. A large population of deer live in the wooded ravines, a perfect habitat for mountain lions. This cougar was not causing problems, or killing pets, but it was killing deer close to homes, and usually cougars do not allow themselves to be seen, where this one was grooming itself near homes.
Sara Werner Clark, Victoria's mother, is pleased with how the game wardens dealt with the cougar. "I'm so happy that they didn't just come out with an attitude of wanting to kill the cougar to 'keep us all safe,' " she said. "The cougar lives here. This cougar just lacked the smarts of staying out of people's way."
The cougar was moved to a remote part of eastern Whatcom County. From The News Tribune .