Cougar suspected of killing small animals, pets in Provo

Cougar suspected of killing small animals, pets in Provo (Photo: Jeremy Harris, KUTV)

(KUTV) – Animal control officials in Provo are warning residents to keep an eye out for a cougar that is suspected of killing several small animals this week.

Provo Police posted to Facebook Monday saying a homeowner in the area 2770 North Foothill Dr found three animal carcasses in her yard.

A dog, cat, and a raccoon were found mauled and partially consumed, according to police.

“D.W.R. is examining those animals to determine if they were in fact killed by a cougar,” the post said.

Provo Animal Control received a report of a cougar sighting in the same area two weeks ago.

“We all share habitat with Utah wildlife. It’s one of the great things about living in Provo. Cougars are secretive animals and nocturnal hunters so sightings are very rare, but if you see one in the city please call the police or the Division of Wildlife Resources,” the police Facebook post said.

2News is working to gather more information from Provo Police. Reporter Jeremy Harris will have a live report from Provo on 2News at 10.