The Wenatchee World
WENATCHEE — A cougar is dead and a black Labrador retriever is recovering following an encounter between the two about four miles up Stemilt Creek Road early Sunday.
The dog’s owners woke up at about 3 a.m. to the sound of their dog yelping outside, where it sleeps, said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Chris Erhardt.
He said the man went out on his porch and saw the cougar attacking his dog, so he shot twice, killing the cougar.
The man then called wildlife officials, he said.
The cougar appeared to be healthy, and tracks indicated it was just passing through the area, with no indication it was hunting, Erhardt said.
“It wasn’t the usual sick or young cougar we run into” that might prey on domestic animals because it couldn’t hunt big game, or had been pushed out of its territory, he said. “It was a chance encounter.”
The dog need several stitches but is recovering.