Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cougar Siting In Astoria!

Cougar sighted in Astoria
Astoria Police received a report tonight of a cougar in the area of 6th and Irving.

They did not locate the animal.

Astoria Police encourage enhanced vigilance in this area.

The following tips come from the Oregon Department of Wildlife website....
Learn your neighborhood.
Be aware of any wildlife corridors or places where deer or elk concentrate.
Walk pets during the day and keep them on a leash.
Keep pets indoors at dawn and dusk. Shelter them for the night.
Feed pets indoors.
Don't leave food and garbage outside.
Use animal-proof garbage cans if necessary.
Remove heavy brush from near the house and play areas.
Install motion-activated light outdoors along walkways and driveways.
Be more cautious at dawn and dusk when cougars are most active.
Do not feed any wildlife. By attracting other wildlife, you may attract a cougar.
Keep areas around bird feeders clean.
Deer-proof your garden and yard with nets, lights, fencing.
Fence and shelter livestock. Move them to sheds or barns at night.
Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity. Leave the animal a way to escape.
Stay calm and stand your ground.
Maintain direct eye contact.
Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
Back away slowly.
Do not run. Running triggers a chase 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, tools or any items available


Anonymous said...

So, how does somebody "site" a cougar? I never knew cats to be that cooperative.

Anonymous said...

I read that a large cat was "spotted". Wouldn't that be a leopard?

Anonymous said...

Actually, I thought a cougar was an older woman. There are lots of those in Astoria.