Fish and Game says not to worry about cougar spotted near Higgens Point

Idaho Fish and Game says the public shouldn’t worry about a cougar that was apparently shot and killed near the popular Higgens Point in Coeur d’Alene.

A viewer emailed KXLY to say their nephew recently shot and killed a cougar around Higgens Point. Idaho Fish and Game says it didn’t receive any report of the cougar, but the sighting isn’t very surprising.

“We know there are lots of deer and elk in the area, so it’s not surprising that people have seen cougars and that there’s cougars around,” said Kiira Siitari, regional communications manager for Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Siitari says it’s unlikely that you will spot a cougar out in the area though. Cougars don’t like loud noises and people. They are also nocturnal animals.

Cheyanne Miller was out photographing the birds for her AP photography class Wednesday. She said she’s not surprised to hear there are cougars in the area, but hasn’t spotted one herself.

“For the amount of time that I’ve been here, the amount of times I’ve been up here, I’ve never seen a cougar up here my entire life,” Miller said.

Fish and Game said if you do happen to spot a cougar in the area, you need to remember some tips to keep yourself safe. The department is also posting these tips on signs around popular hiking destinations.

“If you see a cougar, act big, make noise. If it keeps coming at you, throw rocks, be loud. And, if it keeps approaching, fight back,” said Siitari.

As for shooting the cougar, the department says killing the cougar was legal. Cougar hunting season runs from August 31 to March 31. It is legal to kill cougars as long as you are out of city limits.

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