Rare cougar sighting captured on multiple Murray surveillance cameras

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MURRAY (ABC4 News) – A rare cougar sighting was caught on at least three Murray residents’ home surveillance cameras over the weekend, prompting safety tips from wildlife officials to keep community members safe.

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Scott Root, Conservation Outreach Manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said it’s extremely rare to spot a cougar in Murray, but it can happen.

“This year, it’s probably because of drought. It can also be because of a deer population and there are deer in Murray,” said Root.

All of the residents who provided surveillance footage to ABC4 News lived in the same area near 5700 South and 500 East behind Intermountain Healthcare’s Orthopedic Specialty Hospital and Fashion Place Mall.

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One of those residents, Sarah Sly lives next to Little Cottonwood Creek where her four children and two dogs often play. Her doorbell camera caught the cougar walking across her front yard around 11:16 p.m. Friday.

“It’s not uncommon to see raccoons and foxes. Maybe even a deer. But never in a million years would I have thought it would have been a cougar,” said Sly. “It’s mind-blowing because you …

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