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Cougar causes lockdown at Southwest Portland school

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A report of a large cougar walking through a Portland park led to a lockdown at Hayhurst School on Wednesday morning.

Portland police officers responded to Pendleton Park on Southwest 55th Drive just before 9 a.m.

Several police officers searched the area for the cougar. They also spoke with neighbors, one of whom told police the cougar had been in the area for the past few days.

Officers, however, never found the cougar, and the school lockdown was lifted after about 45 minutes.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife experts shared the following tips for people who encounter a cougar:

  • Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason.
  • Face the cougar and do not turn you back toward it. Do not run. Running encourages it to chase.
  • Make yourself look large. 
  • Do not bend over or crouch down. Raise your hands. Hold your coat open. Hold small children.
  • Fight back if attacked.
  • Make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
  • Always keep children close by and in sight.
  • Avoid walking alone.

While there have been no other reported cougar sightings, Portland police want the public to be aware of Wednesday's sighting. Anyone who sees a cougar should immediately call 911.

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