As the night settled in on Memorial Day, a landowner in Cutler City spotted something on their property killing their domestic geese. They suspected it to be a cougar.
On May 27 in Cutler City, south of Lincoln City, a cougar may have been spotted near the Wetlands Area. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is currently monitoring the area and has placed advisory signs all over the park and wetlands area. ODFW Statewide Communications Coordinator, Michelle Dennehy, said the cougar was reportedly headed toward the Wetlands Area and may be injured.
“A landowner spotted the cougar, which was killing his domestic geese,” Dennehy said. “He took a shot at the cougar and may have wounded it.”
Since the report, ODFW has been searching for evidence such as tracks or scat to find the cougar’s whereabouts but have not found anything at this time.
“We have not found evidence the cougar was wounded, nor have we had any further reports of cougar sightings or livestock losses in the area since Monday night,” Dennehy said.
ODFW is continuing to monitor the situation and local law enforcement, along with the Oregon State Police are also aware. People who see a cougar in the area should report it to ODFW (Newport office 541-867-0300) or OSP.
ODFW has also released the following tips for those who happen to encounter a cougar:
- Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.
2. Stay Calm
- Face the cougar and do not turn your back towards it.
- Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.
3. Appear Large
- Make yourself look large.
- Do not bend over or crouch down.
- Raise your hands. Hold your coat open.
- Hold small children.
4. Fight back
- Fight back if attacked.
5. Make Noise
Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
6. Keep Children Close
- Always keep children close by and in sight.
7. Avoid Walking Alone