Photo by Evan McClure
COUGAR runs behind Rosauers in this image taken from the video (on line at hoodrivernews.com).
As of Friday, July 31, 2015
A cougar was seen on the Heights for the second time in four days.
A woman living at 917 Pacific Ave. called 9-1-1 at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday when a woman, frantic and speaking in Spanish, told her she had just seen a large adult cougar on Pacific, just east of 12th St., according to Police Chief Neal Holste.
He said the woman answered her door when a stranger knocked and said she was awaiting a ride on 9th when the cougar ran past her. She banged on the door and asked to use the phone, according to Holste. (A County Sheriff’s deputy was sent to help translate. Holste said while he had officers on patrol who could have responded, the call was then referred to Oregon State Patrol game officers; they could not reached for comment prior to deadline.)
Cougar sighting in Hood River
A cougar is sighted on the Heights in Hood River near Rosauers in the early morning of July 26, 2015.
The cat was seen in the same place that three young men glimpsed a cougar early Sunday morning, as reported in the July 29 Hood River News.
That cougar had been seen crossing Pacific Avenue near 12th Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday by Evan McClure, John Enos and Andrew Culp. McClure shot a 10-second video of the cougar as it runs behind the store, and hits a chain link fence that it then jumped over. That morning, police responded to the residential and commercial areas around Rosauers but did not see the cougar.
Anyone seeing a cougar or other wildlife should keep their distance. The forested Indian Creek drainage runs just 100 yards or so from where the cougar has been seen, though what directly neighbors the location are businesses, apartments, single family homes, Horizon Christian School and Hawks Ridge Assisted Living facility.