A huntsman and his dogs made significant progress Tuesday in a cougar hunt near Deer Lake.

A certified hound handler had been searching the woods for two weeks after the cougar mauled a horse.

According to wildlife officials, hunting dogs picked up new scent trails in the area. The hounds picked up several scent trails, but there had been no sightings as of Tuesday.

Early Tuesday morning, the dogs picked up on the cougar's scent behind a house.

Wildlife workers said they will probably stop their hunt if the cougar is not found by the time their hunting permit expires.  They said they will only renew their permit if the cougar is spotted again.