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Monday, December 21, 2009

Seattle Times Pictures of the Year 2009

Sept. 7: A cougar had been seen in Discovery Park for a while, but seemed uncatchable. I got a call at the beginning of my shift, hearing that it had been caught and I needed to get to Discovery Park immediately. An entourage from Fish and Wildlife as well as media were on their way to Snohomish County to let the little guy go. I rushed there, saw the procession of cars leaving and followed in the pouring rain, hurrying up Interstate 5 and hoping not to lose the way. Finally, high in the hills of Snohomish County, I stood in the back of a truck with other media, watching as he was let go. The dogs barked and chased so the cougar wouldn't ever want to be back around humans. Sure hope he makes it out there.