LAKE OSWEGO, Ore – Several people have reported seeing a cougar near Lake Oswego’s Lakeridge Junior High School over the last few days.
Wildlife officials are investigating and have released some tips for anyone who might come in contact with a cougar.
“If you have recently seen what you believe was a cougar in the general area of Jean Road and Central Avenue or Bryant Woods Park, please call our non-emergency number at (503) 635-0238,” a Dept. of Fish and Wildlife announcement read.
If you spot a cougar call 911 immediately and keep the following tips in mind:
- Cougars will retreat if given the opportunity; leave the animal a way to escape.
- Stay calm and stand your ground.
- Maintain direct eye contact.
- If you are with a child, pick the child up without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
- Back away slowly.
- Do not run; running triggers a chase response in cougars * Raise your voice and speak firmly.
- If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
- In the rare event that a cougar attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any other items available.