Tigard police: Cougar sighting reported at Cook Park
The Tigard Police Department said Friday night, July 14, that several people at Cook Park reported seeing a cougar.
The reported sighting took place Friday evening, at about 7:20 p.m., according to police. The cougar was spotted in a marshy area on the outskirts of the park before walking into a wooded area nearby, the report indicated.
Cougars, also known as mountain lions, are large predators that have been known to attack livestock, pets and even humans on occasion.
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife was contacted about the incident at Cook Park, police said.
"The agency recommends that all park and trail users in the area be cautious," a statement from police read in part. "Concerns were expressed by the agency that it appeared the cougar is becoming more comfortable near populated areas."
Friday's report comes a week after two cougar sightings were reported to police last Friday morning, July 7. One of those sightings was on the Tigard Street Heritage Trail, a popular walking, jogging and biking path that runs parallel to Tigard Street just west of downtown.
Police urge adults to keep children under close supervision outdoors. State officials recommend going with another person or a group when visiting a park or trail in the area.
More information on cougars is available on the agency's website.
The Tigard Police Department encourages anyone who reports seeing a cougar to call 911.