We will continue to update this blog post with most current wildlife sightings. Click Read more to view. We hope you enjoy learning more about our varied and interesting wildlife on Vashon!
Please note: accuracy is important to us. We only post sightings that have been confirmed with a photo or expert confirmed track. We receive too many widespread reports to determine the accuracy of word of mouth reports. However, we do log all reports we get and use these in conjunction with our wildcam network photos to help investigate broad questions of range, timing and extent of animal movement, as well as when new animals arrive on the island. We share our sightings database information with wildlife and land management agencies including WDFW, King County, and the Land Trust to help them in assessing wildlife use. Thank you to all islanders who participate in our wildcam network and tell us about your sightings. We couldn’t do this without you. It is truly a community science effort.
Last five confirmed sightings of the island cougar: 5/27/2017–private wildcam, Cove Rd at 9:20 pm; 5/27/2017–VNC wildlife camera, Fisher Pond at 11:52 pm. 6/12/2017–confirmed photo of tracks on beach just north of Magnolia beach near Shawnee heading south; 6/18/2017—wildlife camera photo near Vashon Winery area upper Needle Creek. 7/15/2017–VNC wildlife camera in Fisher Pond preserve. We only post sightings that are confirmed with a photo or track. last updated: 7/23/2017.
As the above sightings show, cougars are wide ranging animals so they can move quite far in just a few hours. For this reason, we do not recommend using sightings data as a livestock and pet protection tool.