Confirmed Cougar Sighting in Lithia Park
A confirmed cougar sighting occurred on Friday, May 20, 2011, at approximately 7:00 AM in Lithia Park on the old Pioneer Street trail that links the end of Pioneer Street to the Ashland Parks and Recreation office.
“It is a confirmed sighting. A man walking his dog saw the cougar and reported it to our staff,” said Don Robertson, Director of Ashland Parks and Recreation. The Oregon State Police examined the remains of a deer found at the site and confirmed that the animal was killed by a cougar.
“This is the fifth kill of a similar nature in the past few weeks, but the first in which a confirmed sighting was associated with a kill,” added Robertson.
The City of Ashland strongly encourages anyone spotting a dead animal in the park to leave the area immediately and contact the Ashland Police Department at 541-488-5211 and the Ashland Parks Department at 541-488-5340. Both numbers are monitored 24 hours each day. Dead animals should not be touched or moved in any way.
If confronted by a cougar, a person should:
- Stay calm
- Make themselves appear large
- Pick up any small children and hold them
- Fight back if attacked.
It is advised that hikers avoid walking alone and that they make noise while hiking to reduce the chance of surprising a cougar.
Release Date: 5/20/2011