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This is gonna happen more and more

Cougar snared after attack on Corvallis pets

 September 22, 2010

 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Wildlife officials today captured and immediately euthanized a cougar in a northwest Corvallis neighborhood after the animal was deemed a threat to human health and safety.

The 46-pound female was captured near NW Boxwood Drive in a snare set by the USDA Wildlife Services.

Wildlife officials believe the cougar is the same animal which in the previous week attacked and injured a small dog at one Corvallis residence and may have killed a pet cat at a neighboring home. Corvallis residents called Benton County 911 and reported the presence of a cougar to police and ODFW after taking pictures of the animal using the backyard deck of their home as cover.

“This cougar posed a threat to human health and safety as defined by the Oregon Legislature, which is why it was captured and destroyed,” said Nancy Taylor, wildlife biologist for ODFW’s South Willamette Watershed District. ODFW’s Cougar Management Plan directs the department’s biologists to capture and destroy cougars when they show certain types of aggressive behavior, including attacking pets and losing their wariness of humans. Further, the plan states that “under no circumstances will consideration be given to relocation of cougars.”

Taylor said she has recently received additional reports of both adult and younger cougars witnessed recently within Corvallis city limits around Witham Hill, NW Filmore St. and by the powerline north of Walnut Drive.

There are no documented cases of a cougar attacking a human being in Oregon. Even so, Taylor recommends that people concerned about the presence of cougars familiarize themselves with actions they can take to reduce possible conflicts with these animals. These actions are summarized on ODFW’s website at www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/living-with-cougars.asp and include:

  • ·  Keep pets indoors at night.
  • ·  Teach children and other family members how to react if they see a cougar, i.e., make themselves look as big as possible; yell, throw rocks and ensure the cougar does not feel welcome.
  • ·  Avoid running in areas of thick brush or poor visibility between dusk and dawn. For example, the safest running routes in NW Corvallis are well-lit areas in the flats, away from thick stands of trees and deer.
  • ·  Consider installing motion-activated lights and fences to exclude prey species such as turkey and deer.
  • ·  If you see a live cougar or a dead animal, particularly one that has been covered with ground debris, report it to ODFW staff or law enforcement immediately.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation and can act quickly when we receive cougar siting and pet attack information in a timely manner,” said Taylor, “especially when it involves areas of concentrated activity, like this latest situation in northwest Corvallis.”

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You just might have the

You just might have the California effect taking place

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lol

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Cat sightings in populated

Cat sightings in populated areas are becoming a lot more common here ever since 96 when the tree hugging losers voted to ban dogs and bait for cat/bear hunting. Its unfortante that it will take a person or a child getting attacked or killed before those idiots open there eyes to the fact that we need dogs or bait to control these animals. close calls with bears are becoming more common too, just a few weeks ago 3 miles from my house in the 3rd largest city in oregon a bear was attacking a dog on someones porch in a fricking neighborhood. and down in the sountern coastal areas bear attacks and damage claims are almost doubling every 2 years.

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Is that a typo?   46 lbs is

Is that a typo?

 

46 lbs is not a large cat at all... more like a kitten...

 

 

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dont think so

I remember reading when this cat was first sighted that it looked small and sick, I'm just glad they caught it

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In all seriousness, let's

In all seriousness, let's hope it can get straightened out for you guys. When kids start getting hurt, it's way too late.

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Just saw a news story last

Just saw a news story last night that 3 more sightings since this cat was taken, all in different parts of town, kinda sounds like they have a major cat problem down in corvallis. hopefully they can get it figured out before someone gets hurts.

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I remember when I went elk

I remember when I went elk hunting in Oregon a few years back.  The guys told me that if I saw a cougar, to go ahead and shoot it, even if I didn't have a tag.  They said that someone in camp would.  I'd have never done that without myself having a tag, but it goes to show how fed up the hunters are with them up there.

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yea

Yea that happens all the time, i talk to a lot of hunters that say they'll shoot one even if they dont have a tag. or will shoot then go buy a tag since there is no deadline and there otc. i dont recommend that kinda action but i cant controll what others do. i always have a tag on me, i get the res sports pac that comes with a deer tag, elk, bear,cougar, turkey all the bird validations, licences, and salmon/steelhead/halibut/sturgeon tags, its a good deal at $165.

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Wow... I would say that you

Wow... I would say that you are right when you say that is a good deal. That is more like a drastic understatement. The more and more I hear about your guy's regulations, the more and more I like it. Although I am sure that it costs a non-resident a hair more (another major understatement). Your bull elk tags are over the counter as well right?

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