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Cougar spotted in Springfield

Residents are advised to use caution when traveling in this area.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 7:43 AM
Updated: Oct 2, 2019 9:32 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A cougar was spotted early Tuesday morning in the area of 58th Street and High Banks Road, according to Springfield police.

Police say at 1:43 a.m. a citizen reported seeing a cougar weighing about 90 pounds in the area.

The caller said the cougar left the area and then returned a few minutes later. The caller last saw the cougar going north into a field towards the McKenzie River. 

Police say patrol officers checked the area but were unable to locate the cougar.

They recommend residents use caution when traveling in this area.

The Oregon Department of Wildlife recommends the following if you 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.

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