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Officer refuses to set trap for cougar in yard

ALPINE — An Alpine woman told the City Council Tuesday that she found a cougar in her back yard and that it represents a real threat to her family because he apparently has no fear of humans.

Jennifer Payne, who lives at 314 S. 800 East, said she had just fetched her toddler from the sandbox one day last week when her dog ran into the tall grass behind the yard and flushed out a cougar.

Payne said she called police and the Division of Wildlife Resources, which responded. The officer told her there has never been a cougar attack in Utah on a human and refused to set a trap.

"My point is, the cougar did not run from us," Payne said. "Basically we're scared to death."

Mayor Phil Barker said he would discuss the issue with animal control.