Olympia cougar sighting no cause for alarm, wildlife officials say

Cougar sightings are common in the spring, especially in wooded areas.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Cara Stinson loves going for ATV rides in the woods surrounding her property near Olympia’s Black Lake.

But after a nearby neighbor captured video of a cougar walking down their driveway, Stinson said she may skip out on any trail activities this year.

“I think about my dogs and I think about riding on my quad, envisioning being attacked,” Stinson said. 

But Washington Fish & Wildlife Sergeant Chris Zuchlewski said cougar sightings in the spring are common, especially in the wooded area where Stinson lives.


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