July 04, 2014 09:20
This morning, Friday July 4, 2014, East Precinct officers responded to three separate cougar sightings in East Portland.
The first sighting was reported at 1:30 a.m., in the area of Southeast 117th Avenue and Siskiyou Street.
The second sighting was reported at 4:11 a.m., in the area of the Gateway bike path at I-205 northbound.
The third sighting was at 5:30 a.m., in the area of Southeast 115th Avenue and Siskiyou Street.
Officers checked the area after each of the sightings but did not locate the cougar.
The Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) have been notified about the sightings by East Precinct officers.
In a previous call, on Wednesday July 2, at 2:01 a.m., a report of a cougar was made at Northeast 148th Avenue and Sacramento Street, and officers spotted the cat walking along a vegetable field at approximately Northeast 147th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The cat disappeared into the tree line and was not seen again by officers checking the area.
On Tuesday July 1, a caller in the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Main Street reported her domestic house cat had been killed by an animal, and the only thing that remained was the cat's had and a paw.
On June 29, 2014, at 5:22 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to reports of a cougar sighting in the area of Southeast 121st Avenue and Division Street.
Two different callers reported seeing the full-sized cougar heading North across Southeast Division Street and into the neighborhood.
Several officers checked the area but did not locate the cougar.
The Gresham Police Department also took a report of a cougar sighting on Monday June 30, in the area of Northeast 167th Avenue and Halsey Street.
Anyone seeing the cougar should not approach it and should immediately call 9-1-1.
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
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