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Oregon Cougar Sightings Are On The Rise And Officials Wonder If There's A Problem

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A cougar is seen walking through the woods during ODFW big game surveys in the mid-2000s. Officials with the ODFW euthanized a male cougar Tuesday, March 20, 2018, after the cougar was found inside a motel complex in The Dalles.

In the late afternoon daylight, Tamara Swanson was walking through Silverton’s Oregon Garden when she came across a cougar attacking a small animal. 

At first, she was exhilarated. The Mid-Valley resident has long loved watching animals in the wild.

Then the moment turned tense.

“It wasn’t until the cougar had its prey down that it noticed me — it stood up tall and looked directly in my eyes,” Swanson said. “I got big, arms up in the air, and shouted the loudest yell I could create. It disappeared down the ravine with its prey, and then quickly stood up and looked back to see if I was still coming.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.