Cougar believed on loose in Seattle park

September 5, 2009 5:08:26 AM PDT
Seattle's biggest park remains closed this holiday weekend as authorities continue the hunt for an apparent cougar. There have been at least four credible reports in or near Discovery Park in the past week. But no pictures have been taken, and no tracks have been found. Officials say a raccoon that was found dead was killed by something other than a cougar.

Two traps have now been set for whatever is behind the sightings. The latest one is in an area where a cougar is believed to have re-entered the park after a sighting Friday morning.

Discovery Park, which is a 534-acre preserve known for its spectacular views of Puget Sound, has been a playground for cougars before. One was captured there after a sighting in 1981.

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