The Perry family of Grand Forks shot this amazing picture with their “game cam” of a cougar in hot pursuit of a group of deer bolting from the area in late February.

Wild chase caught on camera

For months Sarah Perry and her husband Mark had been checking their game camera hoping for a good shot.

  • Apr. 13, 2017 6:00 a.m.

KATHLEEN SAYLORS

Black Press

For months Sarah Perry and her husband Mark had been checking their game camera hoping for a good shot.

The camera turned up nothing of interest for the longest time — until they recently checked again and found that a cougar had been chasing down six deer, right in their yard.

The couple, who live on Old North Fork Road, installed the camera on their property about a year and a half ago. They knew they’d had cougar on the property in the past, so thought getting a game camera might be a fun way to catch a bit of the action. Sarah Perry said no cougars had appeared on the camera in the time they’d had it — just deer, cats, bears, and on occasion, mountain sheep — until this photo.

“I always saw pictures of deer and hoped the next frame would be a cougar, and it never was,” she said. Finally, they checked the camera’s memory card again and found this spectacular shot of a cougar in hot pursuit of dinner in late February.

The camera is triggered by motion and stays outside year-round, making it handy for capturing shots of wildlife. Perry said she’s trying (unsuccessfully) to convince herself the deer got away, but knows it’s “all a part of the circle of life.”

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