What To Do If You Encounter a Cougar

With the recent death of a mountain biker by a cougar near North Bend, Washington, and with a substantial cougar population here in Oregon, there are some things you should know if you encounter one.

Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings talks to an ODFW wildlife biologist for a look at what you need to know about cougars in Central Oregon.

Cougar Sighting in Bend

With kids returning to school on Monday, City of Bend Police Department released an alert on Sunday night about a sighting of a cougar in Bend.
A resident on the 800 block of NE Hawthorne witnessed a cougar attacking a deer around 9 o’clock in the morning on Sunday and was able to scare the cougar away towards the Pilot Butte Cemetery. The deer survived the attack.

The sighting  has sparked a passionate debate among residents about what to do when you see one of the big cats in your neighborhood.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for some perspective on our cougar population.

Bend Police are also urging anyone who spots a cougar to report it to the non-emergency dispatch number at 541-693-6911.
The department works closely with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on situations involving wildlife/human interactions.