EUGENE, Ore. — Another cougar has been trapped and killed near a popular Eugene park and workers at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are urging people to use caution because another one may still be near there.
Last week ODFW trapped and fatally shot a cougar that was killing goats and chickens near Hendricks Park in Eugene. On Friday, another big cat was caught. It was killed Monday.
ODFW workers say they believe there is still another cougar in the area and they have a trap set in the same spot to catch it.
Now a nonprofit called Predator Defense is speaking out against trapping and killing these animals. The executive director thinks the cougars are better off left alone because they pose no threat to humans and they say it was unnecessary to trap the other two cougars.
“I don’t feel it was. I think it was a great over reaction. There’s a lot of politics around this animal and certainly a lot of politics around how ODFW manages cougars statewide,” said Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense.
Both sides say there has never been an incident in Oregon of a cougar attacking a human.
A biologist from ODFW says there has not been any evidence of the third cougar returning to the area. They have a camera set up to document any activity if it comes back.