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.

The Great Outdoors: New Fishing Regulations at Wickiup Reservoir

It’s one of the best places to catch Kokanee in Central Oregon, but the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has changed the rules at one of the area’s best fishing spots. In this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings looks at the new fishing regulations at Wickiup Reservoir.

Thanks Brian for that report. A special thanks to our Great Outdoors sponsor, Parr Lumber, for giving us the time and resources to explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state every Wednesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Don’t Feed the Deer

Feeding local wildlife could be leading to their domestication and can attract predators like coyotes and cougars into more residential areas. Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings sits down with local wildlife experts to discuss the issues that arise when humans start feeing local deer.

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.

The Great Outdoors: Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

It could be one of the best-kept wildlife secrets in Oregon. For this week’s Great Outdoors, Brian Jennings takes us to the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Join us every Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon for another edition of Great Outdoors where we explore the lakes, rivers and mountains across our beautiful state.

The Great Outdoors: ODFW Pheasant Youth Hunt

Every September, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sponsors pheasant hunts across the state for young hunters under the age of 17.

For this week’s Great Outdoors segment, sponsored by Camp Abbot Trading Company, Brian Jennings went along on a youth hunt at the gateway canyon preserve near Madras.