DUNTHORPE, Ore. — Video cameras at a home in Dunthorpe captured a cougar on the property Sunday night.
There have been no reported injuries to people or animals in the area.
A neighborhood security company, Riverdale Dunthorpe Patrol, notified the Oregon State Police fish and wildlife division. OSP then notified the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
On Tuesday, a high school student said he saw a cougar about one mile southwest of the welcome center at Tryon State Natural Area. He reported the sighting to a ranger.
ODFW has the following guidelines for people who encounter a cougar:
- Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
- Stay calm and stand your ground.
- Maintain direct eye contact.
- Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
- Back away slowly.
- Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
- Raise your voice and speak firmly.
- If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
- If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, bear or pepper spray, tools or any items available.