by: COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA - Portland police are warning residents to be on the lookout for cougars that have been spotted several times this week in neighborhoods across the city.Portland-area residents are being warned to be on the lookout for cougars that have been sighted this week in East, Southeast and Northeast neighborhoods.

Portland police said the latest sighting was early Friday morning, July 4, when a resident reported seeing a cougar at about 4:11 a.m. near the Gateway bicycle path along Interstate 205 north. At about 1:30 a.m. Friday, a person told police that a cougar was in the area of Southeast 117th Avenue and Siskiyou Street. Residents of the neighborhood also reported seeing a cougar at about 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Officers checked the area after each of the sightings but did not find the cougar. The Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have been notified about the sightings.

These are the third sightings of cougars in Portland this week. At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, residents reported seeing a cougar near Northeast 148th Avenue and Sacramento Street. Police officers spotted the big cat walking along a vegetable field near Northeast 147th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, but the animal disappeared into the tree line.

On Tuesday, July 1, a resident in the area of Southeast 162nd Avenue and Main Street reported that her house cat had been killed by an animal that left only the cat’s head and a paw.

On Sunday, June 29, East Precinct officers responded to reports of a cougar sighting in the area of Southeast 121st Avenue and Division Street. Residents reported seeing the cougar heading north across Division Street and into the neighborhood. Several officers checked the area but did not locate the cougar.

Gresham police also received a report of a cougar sighting on Monday, June 30, near Northeast 167th Avenue and Halsey Street.

Police and state officials warn residents to avoid confronting cougars when they are spotted in the urban areas.

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