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Tigard police investigating two cougar sightings in the city

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Witness photo released by Tigard Police Department of a cougar wandering in Tigard. Witness photo released by Tigard Police Department of a cougar wandering in Tigard.
Witness photo released by Tigard Police Department of a cougar wandering in Tigard. Witness photo released by Tigard Police Department of a cougar wandering in Tigard.
TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -

Tigard police received two reports Friday morning of a cougar wandering in the community.

The first report came in early Friday morning. A man said a cougar was in his yard.

Several hours later, David Roberts called the police to report a cougar walking along a trail that runs parallel to Tigard Street, just west of downtown Tigard.

Roberts works in the area and snapped a couple of pictures of the animal from his car

“He looked in the hundred-pound range, for sure. In that range, mid-hundreds,” he said.

Roberts said he then came across someone on foot and shouted a warning about the animal ahead.

“I saw a guy walking five minutes after I saw it, and I yelled at him, ‘Hey, there’s a cougar!’” he said. “’I don’t know where he is, but he’s really close by.’”

Shelly Brown also works nearby and walks her small dog just across the street from where Roberts said he saw the cougar.

Brown said this was the first time she had heard of a big cat coming into the area.

“Most wildlife we have around here is maybe a Canadian goose or a crow,” she explained. “It’s pretty rare. Even out in the woods, it’s pretty rare.”

With homes and businesses nearby, Brown said a cougar in the neighborhood isn’t exactly a welcome addition.

“I think he’s here for a reason,” she said. “Got to be hungry or looking for a place to live.”

Police ask anyone who sees a cougar to report it to the non-emergency police dispatch line at 503-629-0111 and provide the best possible location of the sighting and the direction the animal was traveling.

People are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the suggested best practices when seeing a cougar provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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