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.