Deputies: Cougar near Ephrata likely wandered back into wilderness

Deputies: Cougar near Ephrata likely wandered back into wilderness
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Deputies with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office were tracking a cougar Thursday morning but said it likely wandered back into the wild.

The search was prompted just before 7:00 a.m. when a deputy spotted the big cat in the northwestern section of Ephrata.

Just before 9:00 a.m., the sheriff’s office said the search had been canceled. The cat was not found though deputies said “There is no indication the cat was stalking prey and the cat did not attack anyone. It is not uncommon for wild animals to wander into populated areas in central Washington.”

In a release, the sheriff’s office said the cougar likely went back into the wildland near the area where it was seen.