Sunday, June 16, 2024

On the prowl: Cougar sighted, shot at Monday in Cutler City

A cougar was sighted Monday near Cutler City Wetland Trailhead and warning signs detailing what to do in the event of an encounter have been posted.

According to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials, a cougar was spotted by a landowner killing domesticated geese. The man shot at the animal and might have wounded it, causing it to flee towards Cutler City Park.

ODFW did not find evidence the cougar was wounded and has not received notification of additional sightings or livestock losses in the area.

ODFW officials encourage the public to contact their office or Oregon State Police if a cougar is spotted.

ODFW: 503-947-6000

Oregon State Police: 800-442-0776

If you cross paths with a cougar:

Stop

Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.

Stay calm

Face the cougar and do not turn your back towards it. Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.

Appear large

Make yourself look large. Do not bend over or crouch down. Raise your hands. Hold your coat open. Hold small children.

Fight back

Fight back if attacked.

Make noise

Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.

Keep children close

Always keep children close by and in sight.

Avoid walking alone

 

Justin Werner
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Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.

1 COMMENT

  1. A cougar was sighted an hour ago in green space at palisades condos off voyage ave in north lincoln city. Per a Nextdoor post.

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