April 30, 2014 09:50
This morning, Wednesday April 30, 2014, at 8:54 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the area of Pendleton Park, located at 6030 Southwest 55th Drive, on the report of a cougar in the neighborhood.
The caller reported seeing a large cougar walking through Pendleton Park at about 8:45 a.m.
Officers immediately called Hayhurst School, which is adjacent to Pendleton Park, to have staff initiate a precautionary lockdown to keep children safe.
Several officers searched the area and spoke to some neighbors, one of which told police that the cougar had been in the area the past few days.
Officers did not locate the cougar and after approximately 45 minutes released the school from lockdown.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has some tips to remember about cougars: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp
ODFW advises the following if you encounter a cougar:
STOP - Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.
STAY CALM - Face the cougar and do not turn your back towards it. Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.
APPEAR LARGE - Make yourself look large. Do not bend over or crouch down. Raise your hands. Hold your coat open. Hold small children.
FIGHT BACK - Fight back if attacked.
MAKE NOISE - Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
KEEP CHILDREN CLOSE - Always keep children close by and in sight.
AVOID WALKING ALONE
While there have been no other reported cougar sightings, the Portland Police Bureau would like community members to be aware of the possible sighting and encourages anyone seeing a cougar not to approach it but to immediately call 9-1-1.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204