Yet again, someone says they have seen a cougar in an urban area. This time, one was spotted in SE Portland’s Mill Park neighborhood near Southeast 121st Avenue and Division.
Last week, two sightings were phoned in from Hillsboro. There have been a number of others from different areas including SW Portland.
Rick Swart with Oregon Fish and Wildlife says a number of the sightings have actually gone unconfirmed. But, if you do come across one ODF&W has these tips to pass along.
ODFW advises the following if you encounter a cougar:
STOP – Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.
STAY CALM – Face the cougar and do not turn your back towards it. Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.
APPEAR LARGE – Make yourself look large. Do not bend over or crouch down. Raise your hands. Hold your coat open. Hold small children.
FIGHT BACK – Fight back if attacked.
MAKE NOISE – Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE – Always keep children close by and in sight.
AVOID WALKING ALONE