New cougar sighting in Lake Oswego

New cougar sighting in Lake Oswego

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Posted on May 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Updated Thursday, May 9 at 5:59 PM

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore – There's another cougar sighting in Lake Oswego.

A boy said he was letting the dog out Thursday morning on the 2800 block of Overlook when he saw a cougar climbing down from a tree and running into the open space.

Police and wildlife officials began investigating several reports of a cougar in Lake Oswego Monday afternoon.

The animal has been spotted several times over the past few days and was reportedly found in a tree near Westridge elementary, school district officials said.

"LOPD has located the animal in a tree near Westridge," the Lake Oswego School District announced via Twitter just before 2 p.m.

The majority of the sightings over the last few days were reported near Jean Road and Central Avenue, according to a Lake Oswego Police Department statement.

Wildlife officials were investigating the reports and released some tips for anyone who might come in contact with a cougar.

“If you have recently seen what you believe was a cougar, please call our non-emergency number at (503) 635-0238,” the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife announcement read.

If you spot a cougar call 911 immediately and keep the following tips in mind:

  • Cougars will retreat if given the opportunity; leave the animal a way to escape.
  • Stay calm and stand your ground.
  • Maintain direct eye contact.
  • If you are with a child, pick the child up without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
  • Back away slowly.
  • Do not run; running triggers a chase response in cougars * Raise your voice and speak firmly.
  • If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
  • In the rare event that a cougar attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any other items available.

Click for more on cougars from the ODFW website


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