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Cougar Sighting Near Bonney Lake Elementary Friday

A resident who police say was an avid hunter identified what he believed was a cougar in the area of 82nd Street E and 191st Avenue E at about 9 a.m.

Police received a report of a cougar sighting Friday morning near Bonney Lake Elementary School.

A resident in the area of 82nd Street E and 191st Avenue E who is an avid hunter told police he saw the cougar at about 9 a.m. in his back yard, Bonney Lake Police Officer Daron Wolschleger said.

Officers responded but did not locate any wildlife; they did note the sound of dogs barking nearby. Representatives from the Washington Game Warden Association later followed up and deployed one dog to trace the animal but no scent was picked up, Wolshleger said.

Police received no further reports of a cougar Friday. That animal was last seen headed eastbound into a brushy, wooded area. Bonney Lake Elementary was on a modified lockdown while officers searched the area but was cleared by about 10:30 a.m. Wolshleger said.

If you spot a cougar or any other wildlife near your residence, do not approach the animal and call 9-1-1.

PC Boy October 06, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Maybe it was a panther, got loose from the high school ;) Seriously, I remember reading about how at the original Bonney Lake Elementary, a one room schoolhouse, the teacher was required to keep a hatchet on her desk in case of a cougar, because sightings were so frequent. I also remember reading in the local paper when we first moved here (1985) that a woman who lived on the lake saw a cougar looking in her basement window one morning. They are out there, just fewer of them...
Winona Jacobsen October 08, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I think you might be referring to the old Kelley Lake School, built in 1889, since Bonney Lake Elementary opened in September 1961. That and more information can be found in the book, "Bonney Lake's Plateau".

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