Unconfirmed sighting leads to more warnings

There has been another report of a cougar sighting turned in to the Lake Oswego Police Department.

Police Sgt. Tom Hamann said a caller on Sunday morning reported seeing a cougar on Greentree Road near Canyon Drive and Glen Haven Road. Hamann said officers were unable to locate any signs of a cougar in the area. The investigating officer contacted neighbors in the area and made them aware of the report.

In early May there were several reports of cougar sightings in Lake Oswego. As reported by the Lake Oswego Review, police received calls about possible cougar sightings off Jean Road, near Lakeridge Junior High School. Another report came from the 2800 block of Overlook Drive, where a youth said a cougar had climbed down from a tree and ran into open space near the yard of a home.

Reports of a cougar sighting caused Westridge Elementary School to be placed in lockdown on May 6. Cougar sightings have also been reported recently in Southwest Portland.

Police have advised residents to keep their distance if they encounter a cougar and to call the nonemergency number at 503-635-0238 if they believe they have seen one. They should call 9-1-1 immediately if they actually encounter a cougar.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers tips for cougar encounters. They include allowing the animal to escape, staying calm and maintaining direct eye contact, and not running away. The latter impulse triggers a chase response in the cougar that could lead to an attack.

More information can be found at the ODFW website at

by: COURTESY OF GOOGLE MAPS - Pins show areas where at least four recent cougar sightings have been reported in Lake Oswego.

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