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Several cougar sightings prompt warning in Tigard

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TIGARD, OR (KPTV) -

Over the last week, police and sheriff’s deputies have received several reports of cougars roaming about in broad daylight.

The most recent report coming from Cook Park in Tigard.

Jamal Hakimi, 15, says he was with his cousin Friday evening walking home from the park when they spotted one of the cats.

“It was like right there when we first came,” Hakimi said.  “It was like right there laying there looking at us.”

He says the moved away from the cat and when they came back 15 minutes later they spotted it a second time.

“The second time when we went back and came back after like 15 minutes he saw it like right over here and it just went off,” Hakimi said.

He adds they told family members what they saw who then called Tigard Police. Officers rushed over to try and find the wild animal to no avail.

“I saw it on the news last night it said that it was going into more populated areas, it is liking that more so it is really scary,” Hakimi said.

Tigard Police posted on their Facebook page:

Tigard Police contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regarding the sighting. The agency recommends that all park and trail users in the area be cautious. Concerns were expressed by the agency that it appeared the cougar is becoming more comfortable near populated areas. Officials also recommend using parks or trails with others and refrain from being alone in those areas.  Tigard Police also urge adults to keep children under close supervision when outdoors.

The agency is asking those who spot the cat report it immediately.

Last week David Roberts spotted a cougar just a few miles away on Tigard street near the downtown area.

“Right over here, it came across the parking lot,” Roberts said

He snapped several photos of the animal before it slinked off. He says in the minutes after the cat left he saw someone walking down a nearby path.

“Right over the railroad tracks, I saw a guy walking five minutes after I saw it, and I yelled at him, hey there's a cougar. I don't know where he is, but he's really close by,” Roberts said.

Then on Friday afternoon, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted out dash cam video. It shows a cougar darting in front of a deputies patrol car on Fischer Mill Road in the Redland area.

The sightings in Tigard prompted the city to put up signs around Cook Park warning those headed out and to be on the lookout and keep kids nearby as they ventured out on the trails.

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