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Two sightings of cougars, also known as mountain lions, were reported Friday morning, according to police.

COURTESY OF THE TIGARD POLICE DEPARTMENT - Police in Tigard said this photo was taken of a suspected cougar Friday morning on a trail running parallel to Tigard Street.The Tigard Police Department is investigating after receiving two reports Friday, July 7, of cougars seen in Tigard, it announced in a Facebook post Friday morning.

Cougars, also called mountain lions, have been known to attack pets, livestock and even humans on occasion. While fatal cougar attacks are rare, cougars are considered dangerous when seen in populated areas.

According to Tigard police, one resident reported seeing a cougar in his yard early in the morning. Another photographed a cougar later in the morning walking along the Tigard Street Heritage Trail, just west of downtown.

"Tigard residents should familiarize themselves with the suggested best practices provided by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife," the Tigard Police Department said in the Facebook post.

Tigard residents are encouraged to call the police non-emergency dispatch line at 503-629-0111 if they spot a cougar and provide information on its whereabouts and direction.

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