WOODLAND, Wash. - A cougar was hit by a car on Friday morning on Interstate 5 just north of Woodland and was later put down, state troopers said.
After being hit by the car, the cougar was seen by witnesses in the freeway median, appearing "very angry," said Washington State Patrol Trooper William Finn.
The female 100-pound cougar was trying to cross three lanes of traffic when it was hit by a small passenger car, Finn said.
The cougar was causing a traffic backup, as one southbound lane of I-5 was blocked off when authorities responded to assess the situation.
After troopers responded, they contacted Washington Department of Wildlife officials, who made the decision to put the animal down.
"It appeared the animal had significant trauma and was suffering greatly," Finn said in an email.
Transportation officials removed the cougar from the median.