Are you concerned about the recent increase in cougar sightings in the metro area?
HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- A cougar was reportedly spotted near a Happy Valley preschool Wednesday afternoon and then a short time later, at the Happy Valley Elementary School, officials said.
Deputies have not been able to spot the cougar, but they're out searching.
Officials called the staff at Happy Valley Preschool, at 10151 SE 145th Avenue, to warn that there was a cougar near the school at about 2:30 p.m., according to witnesses.
The cougar was then spotted in a tree off of Ridgecrest Road, near Southeast 132nd Avenue, said Brandon Paxton of Clackamas Fire District No. 1.
Deputies arrived and contained the area, but did not find the cougar.
Possible cougar sighting at 132nd & Ridgecrest in Happy Valley. Deputies contained area, did not find; schools notified as precaution.— Clackamas Sheriff (@ClackCoSheriff) July 9, 2014
The most recent sighting was near Happy Valley Elementary School, located at 13865 Southeast King Road. The online school calendar did not list any activities on campus Wednesday.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was notified and Oregon State Police were called in to assist with the investigation.
At least nine cougar sightings have been reported within the last three weeks in the Portland metro area. On Saturday a wild cougar was captured in Northeast Portland and officials said it had to be euthanized because it had lost its fear of humans.