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ODFW ends search for killer cougar

ODFW said DNA tests could not confirm the cougar was responsible for 55-year-old Diana Bober’s death.

Posted: Sep. 21, 2018 3:10 PM
Updated: Sep. 21, 2018 7:15 PM

ZIGZAG, Ore. (KGW) -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Friday said it will no longer search for cougars in the ZigZag area. The announcement came one week after wildlife officials shot and killed a cougar believed to have killed a Gresham hiker.

ODFW said DNA tests could not confirm the cougar was responsible for 55-year-old Diana Bober’s death. However, the department said all available evidence shows the cougar was responsible.

"It is highly probable that the cougar that killed Diana is the one that we killed last week,” said Derek Broman with ODFW.

Bober’s body was found on Sept. 10 off the Hunchback Trail in Welches. She was reported missing on Aug. 29.

On Sept. 14, wildlife officials shot and killed a female cougar near the area where Bober’s body was recovered. Officials said there was a “strong possibility” that the cougar attacked and killed Bober.

“Our highest priority was to capture the cougar responsible for the attack to protect public safety,” said Broman. “We continued to monitor the area for other cougars to increase the likelihood that we caught the right one while evidence was being examined.”

No other cougars have been seen on the 31 trail cameras in the area over the past week, ODFW said.

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