Cougar Struck by Police Car, Tracked Near School
As a Roseburg Oregon police officer searched for a reported cougar, it suddenly ran in front of him and was struck by the cruiser. Wildlife Services was called to help track the injured cougar. Wildlife Services with assistance from Puck the dog, tracked the injured cat to a residential lawn, 2 blocks from Rose Elementary School. Knowing that kids would be walking to the school soon, time was an issue. From KPIC.com, Sgt. Aaron Dunbar said "We felt like we had to destroy the animal."
Puck, the dog was attacked before the cougar was shot and killed, but is expected to fully recover. The cougar seemed to know his way around Roseburg. It may not have been his first visit. The agricultural land surrounding Roseburg usually serves as a buffer for the cougars, but this was the second cougar killed in the town within a week. Residents are asked to call 911 if they see any cougars in town.