Editor, Index-Tribune:

Since I can assume there are cougars in Sonoma County, I feel it’s my duty to warn people about cougars acting strangely or too boldly as they may have canine distemper, which alters their minds. They may come very near buildings or even enter them and suddenly attack people or pets. So please be warned. I don’t really want to scare anyone but people should know of the possibility, and call animal control if need be.

Canine distemper is worldwide contagious, infecting other big cats as I learned recently from TV. To conclude – local people, watch out for cougars.

Mary Waldo