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The Associated Press

A cougar that wandered into Kennewick was shot and killed Wednesday when it ended up in a backyard tree in a residential area.

Washington Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Madonna Luers in Spokane says Sgt. Mike Jewell made the decision to kill the cat, because it would have been too risky to attempt to tranquilize it.

The cougar was a year or two old and weighed 110 pounds. It appeared healthy, but the department planned to have a biologist examine the carcass.

Luers says the cougar had probably been kicked out by its mother and was looking for its own territory when it ended up in the wrong place.

She says there’s a healthy population of a couple of thousand cougars in Washington. They live wherever they find deer to kill.