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Mountain lions spotted near Granger

GRANGER - The city of Granger, this past Friday, received a mountain lion alert from Don Harbaugh of the Yakama Nation Wildlife Predator and Nuisance Animal Control.

According to information from the Granger Police Department, Harbaugh had indicated that possibly two mountain lions have been tracked in the Yakima River area.

Harbaugh, this morning, said there has been no change in the situation. He said the animals are travelers and he needs to locate the animals again as they have moved since he first located them.

Harbaugh also said he thinks the problem will be an ongoing one as the mountain lions are no longer afraid of humans.

"I've got a feeling we're going to have these cats from this day forward," he said.

Harbaugh said he and members of the Granger police will be using sophisticated thermal tracking equipment to find the animals before they can do serious damage to people's animals and property.

He said because the animals are not afraid of humans, they've been spotted on porches and in people's garbage cans.

As a result, people should keep close attention on their pets, animals and small children, he said, because the animals are predatory.

Harbaugh said people should pay particular attention to their children and animals if they're out at night because that's when the lions will be more active in hunting.

Anyone spotting a mountain lion should call Harbaugh at (509) 949-3006, or at (509)949-2348. People may also call the Granger Police Department if a sighting occurs.

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