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Canby man catches suspected cougar on home security video

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CANBY, OR (AP) -

After a series of cougar sighting and livestock kills in Clackamas County in recent weeks, a South Canby man thinks he caught one of the big cats on his home security camera.

Mark Gago said his dogs had been getting agitated at night, and he found a patch of grass in his back yard that looked like it had been slept on by something heavy.  When he went back to look at his surveillance footage, he found a segment of video that showed what appeared to be a large cat walking stealthily through his back yard.

“It kind of freaks me out,” said Gago. “I’ve Never heard of them coming down in this area. Ever.  And I’ve lived here my whole life.”

David Williams, Oregon Wildlife Services Director with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, confirmed 12 livestock animals had been killed recently in the Canby area in five separate events of predation.  Williams said the manner in which the animals were killed was consistent with a large male cougar, and tracks discovered in the area confirm the presence of such an animal.

The USDA set out live traps in hopes of capturing the animal.  Williams said his agency believes the kills are the work of one active cougar roaming a large area.

Williams said all residents in the area should report suspected cougar sighting or kills directly to his office at 503-820-2750.

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