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Reported Cougar Sighting

Contact: Deputy Chief Warren Hensman                                          Released: 04/13/17
Phone: 541-482-5211                                                                        Case Number: N/A
Earlier today, an Ashland resident reported a cougar sighting in the area of Central Avenue and North Laurel Street.  The sighting occurred at about 05:30am and in the residentís backyard.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have been notified of the sighting.
The Ashland Police Department would like to remind the community of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife guidelines when encountering a cougar:
Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Always leave the animal a way to escape. Stay calm and stand your ground. Maintain direct eye contact. Pick up any children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar. Back away slowly. Do not run. Running triggers a response in cougars which could lead to an attack. Raise your voice and speak firmly. If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands. If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, garden tools or any other items available.
For more information on cougars, please visit the ODF&W website.
Please direct any questions to Deputy Chief Warren Hensman
Ashland Police Department
1155 East Main Street,
Ashland, Oregon 97520 ∙ (541) 488-2211

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