The Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) confirmed Wednesday, July 29, that it received word of a possible cougar sighting.
The cougar was reportedly spotted near the 6400 block of East Mercer Way at around 7:10 a.m. July 29.
Sighting follow-up has since been transferred to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Mercer Island residents are being encouraged to report any additional sightings to the WDFW over the phone at (425) 775-1311.
Per a city press release, the July 29 sighting nearly coincides with the first cougar sighting of 2019, which happened on Aug. 5. In contrast, that spotting was photographed.
The city of Mercer Island’s cougar information page will be updated as more information becomes available.