Cougars spotted in Oregon City

Cougars not found, ODFW investigating

5-9-13-cougar sighting
An undated image of a cougar. (KOIN 6 News)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Two more cougar sightings were reported over the weekend in Oregon City.

Merja Treadwell called police on Saturday around 8:45 p.m. and said there was a cougar laying down at the southwest end of her property on Harley Avenue between LaRae and Cleveland streets.

“I looked out and saw what I thought was the biggest house cat ever, and I thought what are they feeding it?” said Treadwell. “But then it got up and a house cat was creeping along nearby, and I could compare the sizes and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Police arrived to investigate after Treadwell called 911 but said they did not find the wild animal.

About six hours later, Kelly Murphy reported seeing the cougar around Swan and Cleveland streets, about a half-mile from the other location.

“When I whistled, it stood up and I saw its face and realized hey, that’s a cougar,” said Murphy.

Murphy said the cougar did not seem aggressive but rather calm. He didn’t take any chances in approaching it though and called police.

“I backed up real slowly. I know not to mess with a cat. I’m a hunter and fisherman,” said Murphy.

Murphy’s neighbor reported seeing a second cougar walking close to the first one.

Again, authorities checked both sites and did not find any cougars.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is aware of the reports.

The neighborhood is close to a patch of woods where the cougars might live, but parents said they are keeping their children and pets inside once it gets dark.

“I’d be hesitant to go to the park. I hope they find it,” said Byron Strivens, a resident.

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