11/11/2008, 5:02 p.m. PST
The Associated Press
LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — State wildlife officials have killed a cougar believed responsible for the deaths of several house cats in the La Grande area after attempts to trap the animal alive failed.
The 56-pound female was shot Sunday near the Grande Ronde River.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife began searching for the cougar after it determined that a bobcat or cougar was to blame for killing several cats belonging to Julie Bodfish, who said children were afraid to go outside.
State officials used dogs to track the car. Hunters are forbidden by law to do so but the ODFW can use them if an animal presents a threat to public safety.
Information from: The (La Grande) Observer, http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/
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