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Last published at August 8, 2009 at 3:57 PM

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Leavenworth trail closed after cougar encounter

A popular trail two miles north of Leavenworth has been closed until a cougar that chased a mountain biker is removed.

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. —

A popular trail two miles north of Leavenworth has been closed until a cougar that chased a mountain biker is removed.

The Wenatchee World reports that U.S. Forest Service officials closed the Freund Canyon Trail Friday and hope to reopen it in about two weeks.

Officials have received a few reports of cougar encounters in the past six weeks.

Wenatchee River Ranger District wildlife biologist Don Youkey says the biker did the right thing by stopping, putting his bike between himself and the cougar and then yelling.

He says the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to find a hound hunter to help track the cougar.

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Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com

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