Cougar spotted in Springfield

The cougar jumped several fences and was last seen in the 1200-1400 block on the alley between E St. and F St.

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 2:57 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A cougar was spotted Sunday morning near 10th and D St. in Springfield.

It was first seen by a newspaper carrier around 4 a.m.

Officers responded and confirmed it was a cougar. The cougar then jumped several fences and was last seen in the 1200-1400 block on the alley between E St. and F St. 

Due to the population of the area and its proximity to Willamalane Park and nearby schools, the Springfield Police Department issued an emergency warning to residents. 

Officials said residents should be cautious and observe their children and pet while outside. The cougar did not display aggressive behavior, but they said if you should contact the police department if you encounter the animal. 

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