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.

Click for more on cougars from the ODFW website

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