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Rumors continue to swirl in Finley about cougar

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FINLEY, Wash. - It's been one week since the first confirmed sighting of a cougar in Finley and rumors about the wild cat continue to swirl.

While one of the rumors is that the cougar has been killed, two more goats were killed over the weekend. Fish and Wildlife officials say they have not been notified of the cougar's death and Saturday's goat killings seem to indicate it's still around. 

Neighbors say the rumors and inconsistencies are frustrating.

"We can't seem to nail anything down as to when was the last sighting, how close was the last sighting," said Eldon Otta. "Is there two cougars, is there one. Has one been shot. So we just get a lot of speculating but we just don't get anything concrete."

Fish and Wildlife officers have set out a trap to catch the cougar. They say a few more sightings have been reporter but not confirmed. They say while it is hunting season for cougars, you would have to have a tag and report it within 72 hours. It would be legal to kill the cougar in self defense or while protecting your property but it would be illegal not to report it.

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