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Dept. of Fish and Wildlife: 'This situation is not a human safety concern and it's not unusual.'

PMG FILE PHOTO - Cougars, like the one pictured here, live throughout Oregon, mostly in the Blue Mountains and Southwestern Cascades.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received a report of a cougar sighting in West Linn Tuesday, July 6.

"This situation is not a human safety concern and it's not unusual," ODFW Communications Coordinator Michelle Dennehey wrote in a text message. "We tend to get concerned when we get reports of cougars seen repeatedly in daylight near residential areas, or killing pets or livestock."

According to a Facebook post on the West Linn Community Page, a resident on Village Park Place in the Willamette neighborhood noticed the cougar on their doorbell camera around 12:15 a.m. July 6 and reported the sighting to ODFW.

Dennehey recommended people in the area keep their pets inside, especially at night.

According to ODFW, more than 6,000 cougars live in Oregon, mostly in the Blue Mountains and Southwestern Cascades. However, cougars are territorial and maintain "home ranges" of up to 100 miles, ODFW's cougar fact page states.


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