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Cougar sightings reported in Beaverton, Hillsboro

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

Two more cougar sightings were reported Friday in the Portland area, a week after another cougar was spotted and euthanized in NE Portland.

Friday's sightings were in Beaverton and Hillsboro, respectively, and were followed up on by Beaverton Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Danny Zell, who lives and works in Hillsboro, said his co-worker called him Friday morning to say he had seen a cougar crossing the road, and says he saw it with his own eyes minutes later in a field at the corner of Highway 219 and Burkhalter Road.

"I slowed down on my way to work and looked right in the field there and there's the cougar. A real big one, nice long tail, just kind of minding its own business," Zell said.

John McDonald, who farms hazelnuts just across the road from where Zell spotted the cougar, said the proximity to his farm and his home makes him nervous.

"I've talked to some of my colleagues, farmers and so forth, and they've started carrying rifles. Putting scabbards on their tractors and so forth. And frankly, I'm considering that,"  McDonald said.

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, there has never been a documented attack by a cougar on a human in the wild. The California Department of Fish and Game, though, lists 13 such attacks since 1985. Three of the attacks were fatal.

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