Experts believe cougar spotted in Springfield has moved on

Wildlife experts want the public to be cautious and to watch out for kids and pets when outside.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 6:31 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2018 6:42 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Biologists with Oregon Fish and Wildlife believe a cougar seen in Springfield over the weekend has moved on from the area.

Christopher Yee, a Wildlife Biologist with Oregon Fish and Wildlife, said since the initial report, they haven't seen any sign of the cougar and haven't had any more tips from the public.

The cougar was first spotted early Sunday morning near 10th and D streets. Hours later police found it jumping fences in an alley near the 1200 block of E Street.

Experts said the cougar was not acting aggressively, and they want the public to be cautious and to watch out for kids and pets when outside.

“If the animal is still in town in a good hiding spot, just being a little cautious during the day here would be the prudent course of action,” Yee said.

Yee said relocating cougars can be extremely difficult since they are territorial animals. They won't try to put down the animal unless it becomes a threat to public safety.

If you do see a cougar, Oregon Fish and Wildlife recommends you stay calm and stand your ground. If you leave them a way to escape, cougars will often retreat.

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