Adult male cougar trapped and killed in Bend, Oregon

Cougar tales just keep streaming in. On May 13, Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and USDA Wildlife Services
agents successfully trapped an adult male mountain lion in the
Deschutes River Woods area, a neighborhood in the town of
Bend.

Mountain lion sightings are apparently fairly common in the
residential area, a rural development dotted with forests and
numerous deer that make perfect cougar prey items.

Initially, the animal was thought to be a young male. It or another
lion killed a deer in the back lot of a home in the neighborhood.
Then wildlife officials set a trap with the fresh kill left inside.
The next night, the adult male lion was captured, and according to
ODFW policy, euthanized.

Residents of this area have been given the following safety
precautions to follow:

• Be aware of any wildlife corridors or places where deer or elk
concentrate; cougars could be there too.

• Keep pets indoors at dawn and dusk. Shelter them for the
night.

• Feed pets indoors.

• Be more cautious at dawn and dusk when cougars are most
active.

No person has ever been attacked by a cougar in Oregon,
according to ODFW officials, and encounters are “very rare.” But,
they say, should you encounter a cougar, follow these
guidelines:

• Leave the animal a way to escape. Cougars often will retreat
if given the opportunity.

• Stay calm and stand your ground.

• Maintain direct eye contact.

• Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your
back on the cougar.

• Back away slowly.

• Do not run. Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which
could lead to an attack.

• Raise your voice and speak firmly.

• If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself
look larger and clap your hands.

• In the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back
with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.

 

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