Conservation Officers will track Marysville cougar

CO with hounds on the scent of cougar that's been taking house pets in Marysville.

A Conservation Officer with hounds is going after a cougar that has now been seen three times in Marysville in the last week.

The big cat has been seen twice on 310th Avenue and once on Main Street. It has also been seen taking a household pet.

Conservation Officer Joe Carravetta says it’s important that people call in sightings like that because in order to send a CO with cougar hounds out to get a cougar, they need a history on the cat.

“If we get a call that’s fresh, we’ll send out the officer with cougar hounds,” Carravetta said. “If there’s that many sightings, we’ll send him out today.”

He says they don’t trap cougars for transport elsewhere. If they are hunting in town, they will be put down.

“They are difficult to trap. They are there to hunt to kill. Generally in town they are going after house pets, and deer as well. There are lots of deer in Kimberley.”

Carravetta says that actually spotting a cougar that many times in unusual.

“Seeing them during the day is not common. They generally hunt at night. If they are being seen taking a pet, that cat has got to go.”