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Multiple Reported Cougar Sightings Causing Concern

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating multiple reported cougar sightings in Cascade Locks, as well as one in the Post Canyon area, “Right now they’re unverified reports, so we’re going to check it out.”

And Wildlife Biologist Kalysta Adkins says if they do verify the big cats are roaming those areas, they’ll be very concerned, “It signifies a cougar acting out of its normal behavior.” 

The latest reports come on the heels of a cougar being killed near Bridal Veil after it attacked two goats and tried to get into a home. But, Adkins says she’s not surprised by any of this activity, “as we start moving more into their territory, and that buffer zone decreases, we anticipate this to continue to happen.”

She says she’s not sure how they’ll handle the situation if a cougar, or cougars, are found, “Very situation, so we’ll just have to go and monitor and see what we find.”

HRCSO has had multiple sightings of a cougar in Cascade Locks, as well as one in the Post Canyon area. We are working with ODFW on locating them.
Please call either our non-emergency line at (541)386-2711 or 911 if you see one of these animals.

— Hood River Sheriff (@HRSO) June 18, 2019

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