PORTLAND – Someone thinks they saw a cougar prowling near Oregon Health and Science University and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Southwest Portland Tuesday.
The 911 caller described seeing a large animal with a curled tail behind a home in the 3300 block of Southwest 10th Avenue.
The neighborhood where the sighting occurred was directly above OHSU, Doernbecher, the Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center, police said. Officers checked the area but could not find the cougar.
People in the area along Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road and 10th Avenue were warned to be extra cautious and not to approach the animal if they see it.
Experts with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also wanted to share the following tips:
- 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
Community members were encouraged to call 911 immediately if they see any sign of the wild animal.