Troublesome cougar on the prowl in Bonner County

By Lyndsie Kiebert
Reader Staff

A large cougar has killed three alpacas, a miniature horse and a deer in the areas surrounding Colburn Culver, Rapid Lightning and the Lower Pack River roads, according to an Oct. 8 release from the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office.

The cougar has been spotted near Northside School and the Pack River Store. When killing the horse, the cat “entered the barn, killed and drug” it outside before being scared off by gunfire, according to BCSO. That event occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 7.

“This animal is very active,” the BCSO release reads.

Anyone who sees a cougar in the area is advised to call BCSO dispatch at 208-265-5525. The agency will contact IDFG and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who are all working together to locate and trap the animal.

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