A sign warns visitors that the nature trail has been closed due to a cougar sighting.
Photo by Alfred Diaz.
WALLA WALLA — City officials closed off a popular Fort Walla Walla Park trail after a cougar sighting there Friday.
“We basically want people to be careful if they are going out to Fort Walla Walla Park. Or if they are going out to the nature area they may want to change their plans,” Parks and Recreation Director Jim Dumont said.
On Friday, city officials received a call from a park user who saw a cougar along the Arthur G. Rempel Nature Trail.
Dumont said the caller sounded credible, so Fish and Game was notified and a sign and tape were put up at the trailhead, which is located north of Fort Walla Walla Museum.
“It is a big area that the cougar could be in, from that point. We haven’t heard anything from Fish and Wildlife on how they would want to deal with that so at this point we are just on hold,” Dumont said.