EUGENE, Ore. -- An Oregon wildlife biologist says a cougar blamed for killing two goats and several chickens over three consecutive nights at a Eugene residence has been captured and killed.
The Register-Guard reports the 84-pound female was captured Tuesday in a chain-link cage on the property where the livestock were snatched, near Hendricks Park.
Oregon Fish & Wildlife biologist Brian Wolfer says euthanizing an animal isn't something his department commonly does.
However, he says the landowner has a legal right to kill a cougar that has damaged his livestock. And leaving the problem up to the landowner -- right beside a large park and right up against city limits -- left the potential for lots to go wrong, including a possibly wounded cougar.
Wolfer says cougars that have learned to hunt livestock may do so again, even if released in another area. He says the cat was sedated to reduce stress and later euthanized with a single shot to the head.