SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Springfield Police are warning residents after they received reports of two cougar sightings in two days.
Police said a couple reported seeing a cougar and hearing it growl Monday night when they were near 747 64th Street in the Thurston Park area. The couple said they last saw the cougar walking along a fence line.
Officers searched the area but did not locate the cougar.
Police said they received another report of a cougar that was seen in the 6500 block of E Street on Sunday evening. A resident reported seeing a cougar in the backyard.
Residents are advised to use caution in this area of Springfield.
The Oregon Department of Wildlife recommends the following if you encounter a cougar:
- Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
- 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.
- If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, bear or pepper spray, tools, or any items available.