Family suspects cougar, WDFW investigating…
A micro-farm less than two miles out of town suffered predator attacks that resulted in the death of four sheep last week just two miles from Chewelah. WDFW was called to the farm to see what kind of predator attacked the animals, and an official set up a game camera to see what is roaming around.
The family who owns the micro-farm think that the attack is from a cougar. They said that a nearby farm was struggling with a large female cougar attacking animals and teaching its cubs how to hunt.
On the night of the attack, one of the family members saw a cougar cross the road near the micro-farm. The attack took the lives of four sheep, but only two were partly eaten. According to the family, WDFW set up trail cams to confirm what kind of animal attacked the sheep. They said the official was a bit baffled at the amount of meat consumed and said it might be a “family group” which could be a female and two to three cubs.
The attack resulted in the loss of nearly half the sheep herd for the five-acre farm. The family is now thinking about getting a dog to live in the barn with the animals.
Official information still needs to be confirmed, and the Independent will report it as it comes.