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Cougar sighted in Southeast Portland

by: COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - State and local officials say call 9-1-1 if you spot a cougar.Police responded to reports of an adult cougar in Southeast Portland early Sunday.

The reports are similar to recent ones in Southwest Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro. No injuries have been reported and no cougars have been captured or killed so far.

According to police, at approximately 5:22 a.m. on June 29, East Precinct officers responded to reports of a cougar sighting in the area of Southeast 121st Avenue and Division Street.

Two different callers reported seeing the full-sized cougar heading North across Southeast Division Street and into the neighborhood.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate the cougar.

Police says anyone seeing the cougar should not approach it and should immediately call 9-1-1.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 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

For more information, visit the ODFW website at: www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp