Incident: Cougar Sighting
Location: 58th/ High Banks Rd
Incident Number: 19-257225
Date/Time: 10-02-19 @ 1:43 a.m.
More Information: Sgt. Brian Humphreys
Completed By: Sgt. Jeff Murkin
NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:
On 10-02-19 at 0143 hrs a citizen reported seeing an approx. 90 lb. cougar in the area of 58th and High Banks. The cougar left and then returned to the area within a few minutes. The citizen last saw the cougar going north into a field towards the river. Patrol officers checked the area but were unable to locate the cougar. Residents are advised to use caution when travelling in this area.
The Oregon Department of Wildlife recommends the following if you encounter a cougar:
- Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
- Stay calm and stand your ground.
- Maintain direct eye contact.
- Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
- Back away slowly.
- Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
- Raise your voice and speak firmly.
- If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
- If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, bear or pepper spray, tools or any items available.