Two people spotted a cougar in Richland Thursday morning near Leslie Road and Gage Boulevard in Richland.
Police and Department of Fish and Game members tracked the cougar heading east around 8:30 a.m. toward Leslie Canyon, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.
Officers could hear the cougar behind Physicians Immediate Care on Gage Boulevard and they went into thick brush near the area, but couldn’t spot any tracks.
As officers and members of Fish and Game searched for the cougar, another citizen spotted it heading east, Cobb said. Officials think the cougar may have come in the residential area for water sources.
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Police contacted nearby Badger Mountain Elementary School to notify them of the sighting and the school day will not be affected.
This is the first residential cougar sighting in Richland this year, Cobb said. Police shot another cougar about two miles from where today’s sighting happened in 2011.
Fish and Game will try and track the cougar, which they believe will continue to head east, Cobb said.