Cougars in Freshwater — and downtown Eureka!
The main topic of conversation around our office this morning is “cougars in Humboldt,” and not the human variety. Here is what we know/have heard:
- My co-worker, Doug Shernock, tells us that over the weekend his daughter’s prize horse in Freshwater was chased into a gully and died. When the animal’s remains were recovered, they found evidence that a cougar had attacked said horse and left claw strikes all over the hindquarters. Apparently another horse from a pasture across the street was also killed and partially eaten a day or two previous to that, and Doug tells us that he recently spoke with an unspecified Dept. of Fish and Game worker who swore he saw a “pride” of cougars
near Freshwaterin Del Norte County.
- Unconfirmed rumors have been bandied about regarding further recent killings of goats and other small farm stock in the Freshwater area.
- A quick Google search uncovers a legitimate on-camera sighting of 8 cougars working together in Wenatchee, WA last Feb, so we know the grouping behavior at least has precedent.
- Another co-worker tells us that her son’s school in Freshwater has taken precautions by taping off certain wilderness areas and prohibiting kids from going there, for fear of cougar attack.
- Last night, yet another co-worker of mine and a number of other patrons at Ragg’s Rack Room in Eureka witnessed two mountain lions walking down the sidewalk near the post office on 5th & H St. Cougars in downtown Eureka!
I’m sure you’ve probably been receiving other mentions on this story, but just in case I thought I’d send what I’ve been hearing.