Update on Feb. 9, 2019
ODFW and Bend Police tracked a cougar into the Deschutes River Woods area this morning and dispatched it at approximately 8:30 a.m. The cougar was a male weighing 135 pounds and based on its paw size (which matches tracks previously found around residences) and the territorial nature of male cougars, ODFW staff are confident it is the cougar deemed a human safety threat.
While there is no longer an immediate human safety issue in the area, Deschutes River Canyon offers excellent cougar habitat and prey (deer). There is always a chance of encountering a cougar while recreating in this area so anyone who uses it should review tips on what to do if you encounter a cougar.
BEND, Ore. — ODFW and Bend Police are searching for a cougar in the Deschutes River Canyon in southwest Bend after repeated sightings of it in backyards and near human residences.
Both ODFW and Bend Police believe the cougar is a public safety threat due to the repeated sightings near human residences. The cougar will be euthanized if it is found.
Please report any cougar sightings in this area to the Bend Police.
If you encounter a cougar:
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, bear or pepper spray, tools or any items available.
For more information on living with cougars, visit https://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp.
Cougar sighting sign with tips on what to do if you encounter one available at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/docs/CougarSightingSignFinal2.pdf