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Hillsboro Park Re-Opens After Cougar Sightings

Written by Jeremy Scott on July 24, 2014

HILLSBORO — Rood Bridge Park is back open one day after it was closed because of three cougar sightings.  Signs though are warning people to be on guard.

Somebody reported the first sighting on Tuesday afternoon.  KGW News got video of the big cat roaming the park late that night before somebody else saw the cougar Wednesday morning.

“I don’t think we realize how much wildlife is out here with us until we do see it,” said neighbor Betty.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildfire couldn’t find the cougar.

More than 5,000 cougars or mountain lions live in the state.  ODFW says sightings are rare, but there have at least a dozen in the past few months around the metro area.  A cougar was recently euthanized in Northeast Portland.

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