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With the warmer weather, encounters with wildlife often increase. Among the most alarming are cougar sightings near neighborhoods and other populated areas. 

National Park Service

Springfield Police say a cougar was spotted in Thurston Park on 64th St. area late Monday night. A couple walking on the bike path around 11:30pm reported hearing a high-pitched chirp, followed by a loud growl coming from the tree line. They then spotted a cougar walking along the fence line of the park. Officers searched the area but did not find the cougar.

There was another sighting the in the 6500 block of E St. the previous evening at about the same time when a person reported seeing a cougar in their backyard.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

A cougar sighting was reported Tuesday morning near the Mill Race Path Jasper Road trail head in Springfield.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

A wildlife advocacy organization says the shooting of a cougar at a Bend park this weekend was unnecessary and a gross over-reaction.

Bend Police shot the cougar after it was sighted at Pilot Butte State Park Saturday. Brooks Fahey of Predator Defense in Eugene says there were other options than shooting and killing the big cat.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Beginning January 1, Oregon hunters will be able to kill more cougars. The changes come as conflicts between humans and the big cats are on the rise.

In many parts of Oregon, cougars have begun pushing into populated areas. There has been an uptick in what wildlife officials call “non-hunting mortalities” - situations where cougars are killed because of danger to humans or livestock, or unfortunate run-ins with car fenders.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy:

Rachael McDonald

This month, a female cougar believed to be preying on livestock near Hendricks Park was trapped and killed by Oregon Fish & Wildlife. A second, juvenile male cougar was trapped and killed a few days later. A third young cat was captured by trail camera. Brooks Fahy is Director of Predator Defense, a national wildlife advocacy organization based out of Eugene.  He spoke with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has suspended its efforts to trap a third cougar in the Hendricks Park area of Eugene.  The agency says remote cameras have not spotted the cougar since Friday, March 14.  They have also not received any reports of sightings. 

ODFW caught and killed two cougars around the park last week after reports of local livestock deaths.  

Officials have now removed the cougar traps, but are continuing to monitor the area with cameras.  ODFW advises residents and visitors to the park to keep dogs leashed.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Oregon wildlife biologists have trapped and killed a second cougar near Hendricks Park in Eugene. A trap was set for a third cougar believed to be in the area. 

Last week, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife trapped and killed an adult female suspected of killing goats and chickens at a home near the park.
Dennehy: "We set a trail camera at the site and that revealed the presence of a 2nd young cougar. That cougar entered the empty coop where the chickens had been killed last week."

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

A cougar blamed for killing goats and chickens at a home near Hendrick's Park in Eugene has been trapped and killed.

The cougar visited a property that abuts Hendricks Park for four consecutive nights, killing two goats and some chickens. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife trapped the 84-pound female Tuesday morning in a cage took it away and euthanized it. District Wildlife Biologist, Brian Wolfer says there was potential for the cougar to keep killing livestock and domestic animals, even if it was relocated.