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Cougar removed from tree outside Vancouver home

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

Wildlife officers were called out to a Vancouver neighborhood after a homeowner spotted a cougar in his yard Friday.

A neighbor's dog saw the cougar, started barking and then chased it up a tree near 117th and Major streets in northeast Vancouver.

The homeowner then called Washington State Fish and Wildlife officers at around 12:35 a.m. so they could take care of the big cat.

Fish and wildlife officers tranquilized the cougar and took it away. They later released it in Skamania County in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

A Fish and Wildlife officer said the agency first started getting calls about the cougar back on Thursday from neighbors in the Burnt Bridge Creek area in central Vancouver, east of I-205 and south of Fourth Plain Blvd.

Officers were surprised to find the cougar in such a populated area, though they say it's common to see cougars in the area at this time of year.

Fish and Wildlife officers offer the following tips if you encounter a cougar:

  • Maintain direct eye contact.
  • If you have children with you, pick them up without bending down or turning your back.
  • Back away slowly and do not run.
  • If you see a cougar acting aggressively, make yourself look big and clap your hands.
  • In the rare event that a cougar attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks or anything you can find.

In addition to Vancouver, there have been multiple reports of cougars sightings in Lake Oswego this week.

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