7 cougar sightings in metro area; 1 pet cat killed

7 cougar sightings in metro area; 1 pet cat killed

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Posted on July 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 3:12 AM

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PORTLAND – After three cougar sightings in Hillsboro last week, people in east Portland and Gresham have reported four more. And one pet cat was likely killed by a cougar, police said.

Margaret Bell lives near Southeast 167th Avenue and Main Street said she couldn't find her 10-year-old cat Pepper over the weekend. Her neighbor discovered the cat’s body Monday morning in her yard.

Two cougar sightings were reported in that general area on Sunday and police suspect that a cougar killed the 18-pound cat.

“I had no thoughts about a cougar coming in my direction,” Bell said. “I know they've had sightings, but at the same time you just don't think about it. We let the cats in and out and he just didn't come back.”

Related: ‘Full-size’ cougar spotted in SE Portland

People in the area quickly took notice when they learned a cougar might have killed a neighbor’s pet.

Police then confirmed another sighting south of the area at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, near Northeast 148th Avenue and Sacramento Street.

Neighbor Sallie LaValley said she's taking extra precautions.

"Keeping your small pets in at night and early evening, certainly children you don’t let go out without supervision," she said. "And you don’t let your dogs roam and you keep your chickens in a fenced area."

Wildlife officials said if you happen to come across a cougar, don't approach it but call 911. Stay calm and try to appear larger, by raising your hands above your head.

Click for tips from ODFW on dealing with cougars

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