When you see a wild dangerous animal walking through your neighborhood, it’s important to report your sighting to local authorities.
However, it is also important to know if what you are reporting is, in fact, a wild animal. Recently the citizens of Battle Ground, Washington, were confused by what appeared to be a wild cat prowling through backyards.
Battle Ground police received reports of a cougar sighting, but it turned out to be something less dangerous.
On June 16, the Battle Ground police received a number of reports about a cougar in the area.
Cougars are often spotted near Battle Ground in the summer time, so it was entirely possible that these reports were accurate. However, the police soon received some less than convincing photo evidence.
The man taking care of the cat came forward and revealed that he is taking care of Ranger while his brother is deployed.
There was another cougar sighting reported in the area recently about a mile away from where Ranger is staying. Whether or not it was an actual cougar or just Ranger wandering off remains to be seen.
KGW8 advised anyone who spots a cougar to call the non-emergency number, 311, and to exercise safety. Their tips include, but are not limited to, leaving the animal a way to escape, speaking loudly and firmly, and maintaining direct eye contact.