Cougar Sighting in Southwest Portland
Residents in Southwest Portland are being asked to keep on the lookout for cougars. Portland Police received a call Tuesday around 2:00PM from someone claiming they saw a cougar near SW 10th AVE and Sam Jackson Park Road. The caller described it as a large cat with a 2' long curled tail.
Officers looked for the cougar, but couldn't find it or any evidence there was one in the neighborhood. Residents in the area told our news partner KGW, they're not worried at all.
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
The Portland Police Bureau says while there have been no other reported cougar sightings, the Portland Police Bureau would like community members to be aware of the possible sighting and encourages anyone seeing a cougar not to approach it but to immediately call 9-1-1.