As of Friday, May 6, 2016
On the evening of May 4, Hood River Police responded to a call of a cougar killing a deer near a residence. This incident was in a wooded area on the west edge of town and the cougar returned to the woods afterwards. As there are no other reports of a cougar killing pets or being seen during daylight hours in the area, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) does not characterize this cougar as a public safety issue.
However, ODFW recommends that people concerned about the presence of cougars familiarize themselves with actions they can take to reduce possible conflicts with these animals.
These actions are summarized on ODFW’s website, www.dfw.state.or.us/wild-life/living_with/living-with-cougars.asp, and include:
• Keeping pets indoors at night
• Teaching children and other family members how to react if they see a cougar, i.e., make themselves look as big as possible, yell, throw rocks and ensure the cougar does not feel welcome
• Avoiding running in areas of thick brush or poor visibility between dusk and dawn
• Considering installing motion-activated lights and fences to exclude prey species, such as turkey and deer
If you see a live cougar or a dead animal, particularly one that has been covered with ground debris, report it to the ODFW staff or law enforcement immediately.