Cougar Seen near Hendrick’s Park

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene police officers spotted a cougar in the Hendrick’s Park area early Sunday morning. While responding to an unrelated call at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, they say they saw the cougar standing in the street on Fairmount Boulevard, south of Summit Avenue. The cougar became startled and ran into a wooded … Continue reading »

Cougar Killed After Attacking Sheep

WREN, Ore. —  A cougar that a family says killed four of its sheep is now dead, after trappers with the USDA Wildlife Services were successfully able to track the animal nearby and kill it. Joseph Postman and his wife Lois Olund say within the last week, four of their 60 sheep have disappeared from … Continue reading »

ODFW Suspends Trapping at Eugene Park

EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended its trapping from the Hendricks Park area, after not hearing of any new cougar sightings. ODFW trapped and killed two cougars over the last two weeks, following the reports of the cats attacking livestock near the park. A trail camera discovered a third … Continue reading »

Second Cougar Killed, Trap Set for Third

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 … Continue reading »

2nd Cougar Trapped, Euthanized in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — For the second time in about a week, wildlife experts trapped a cougar near Hendricks Park. They think there could be more lurking. The trappings came after a cougar killed several goats and chickens. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says both of the large cats were euthanized. Wildlife experts discovered … Continue reading »

State House Approves Cougar Hunting Bill

EUGENE, Ore. — A bill that would allow hunters to use hounds to hunt cougars is on its way to the Oregon Senate. The bill passed in the House this week. It would let hunters use dogs to tree the big cats, which is illegal right now even though it is okay to hunt cougars. … Continue reading »

Nonprofit Says Cougar Fear Unfounded

EUGENE, Ore. — Recent cougar sightings put Springfield residents on edge, but a local nonprofit that works to protect native predators says a lot of this fear is unfounded. Predator Defense has been working out of Eugene since the early 1990s. Its mission is to create alternatives for people to coexist with wildlife such as … Continue reading »

Cougar Sighting Reported in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield Police Department received several reports of a cougar sighting in the Hayden Bridge area. ODFW says it’s looking into several similar calls in the past two weeks. If you see a cougar in your neighborhood, call Springfield police.