Cougar naming contest to begin Monday

Starting Monday, the David Traylor Zoo will ask the public to name its newest resident.

A 16-week-old cougar cub was rescued last month by Washington Fish and Wildlife after his mother was illegally shot.

Names for the young cat can be submitted on the zoo's web page, www.emporiazoo.org, or by mail to Emporia Friends of the Zoo, Box 345 in Emporia.

This preliminary round ends Feb. 26, with choices narrowed to five finalists for another round of voting March 3 through March 31. People can vote by dropping financial donations at one of five voting stations which will go up near the mountain lion exhibit. The winning name will be announced April 1.

Zoo Director Lisa Keith will join the KVOE Morning Show on Monday with more details.

The cub was brought to the zoo shortly before longtime resident Sampson had to be euthanized a week ago.

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