Two cougars spotted in Springfield

Springfield police are warning residents to be vigilant after cougar sightings were reported on Sunday and Monday.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 8:47 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2020 10:50 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield Police are warning residents after they received reports of two cougar sightings in two days.

Police said a couple reported seeing a cougar and hearing it growl Monday night when they were near 747 64th Street in the Thurston Park area. The couple said they last saw the cougar walking along a fence line.

Officers searched the area but did not locate the cougar.

Police said they received another report of a cougar that was seen in the 6500 block of E Street on Sunday evening. A resident reported seeing a cougar in the backyard. 

Residents are advised to use caution in this area of Springfield.

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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