Mike Turner contributed to this story
Portland, Oregon - The cougar found in a tree at NE 12st and Stanton that was tranquilized and taken away from the scene by the Oregon Department Of Fish and Wildlife, has now been euthanized. Meg Kenagy from ODFW says the cougar adapted to the urban environment and lost it’s fear of people, which is unsafe. Kenagy says, “they’re territorial so it would likely be pushed out of any forest area and would move into another urban area.
The big cat was spotted around 3 p.m. It was in a container on its way to the woods three hours later.
Police earlier today said they responded to three separate cougar sightings in East Portland today. The first report came in at 1:30 a.m. from Northeast 117th and Siskiyou Street. A second sighting was reported just after 4 a.m. near the Gateway bike path at I-205. The third sighting was reported at 5:30 a.m. near Northeast 115th and Siskiyou Street. Police checked each area, but did not spot a cougar.
Police contacted both the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. These latest sightings bring to nine the number of cougar reports on Portland’s east side since Monday. Anyone seeing a cougar should not approach it and should call 9-1-1 right away.
The State vet will do a necropsy to determine if there were disease issue that caused the cougar to leave the wild.