Cougar Sighting E. of Sisters Brings Warning

Neighbors Notified, Tips Offered

POSTED: 10:10 AM PDT March 15, 2012    UPDATED: 10:14 AM PDT March 15, 2012 
SISTERS, Ore. -

A resident spotted a cougar on the deck of their home on the eastern outskirts of Sisters Wednesday evening, prompting a warning to neighbors and reminders to all about what to do if the animals are seen in your area.

Deschutes County sheriff?s deputies were dispatched about 7:25 .m. to an address at the east end of Perit Huntington Road, just outside the Sisters city limits, on the sighting of a cougar in the reporting party?s yard, said Sgt. Deke DeMars.

The reporting citizen said the cougar had been on their deck and walked away somewhere on the property, DeMars said.

Deputies located the cougar on the side of the home?s driveway, the sergeant said, and was seen by one deputy walking away, eastbound toward the Sisters Airport.

Several cougar tracks were found around the home, DeMars said, but it?s believed there was only one cougar in the area, based on those tracks.

An Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employee was contacted and apprised of the cougar activity, he said, while several neighbors were notified as well.

Meanwhile, DeMars said the sheriff?s office wants to remind the community about what to do ? and not to do.

--Do not disturb dead animal carcasses, especially if you believe the animal may be a cougar kill.

--If there are confirmed cougar sightings in your area such as this, do not walk your dogs at night in the area.

--It is recommended that residents keep outside lighting in the areas where livestock is present, to help deter cougar attacks.

--Supervise children and pets that are outside.

There are many residential areas in Deschutes County, near rural settings, in which wildlife is prevalent, DeMars said.

If and when a member of the community comes into contact with wildlife such as a cougar, don't run, but move slowly, keeping the animal in view as you move away from the area.

If there is a perceived danger to the community, he said, please notify law enforcement as soon as possible.