Rare sighting

Photo by Michael Schock

Photo by Michael Schock

This mountain lion was spotted by Michael Schock north of Post Canyon between Frankton and Country Club on the evening of June 4. Sightings of big cats are rare on the outskirts of the city, and while there have been no reports of cougars attacking people in Oregon, State Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends several safety precautions if residents encounter a cougar in an urban area, starting with: call 9-1-1. Do not turn away and run, as is it might make the cougar chase you. If you have a small child with you, pick the child up so the child doesn’t run away. Back away slowly. This will reduce the chance of an attack. ODFW also recommends, “Make yourself look as big as you can. Yell and holler. Let the cougar know you see it. Don’t take your eyes off of it.” Other precautions: walk pets during the day and keep them on a leash; keep pets indoors at dawn and dusk; shelter them for the night; feed pets indoors; and don’t leave food and garbage outside.

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