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  • Police: Cougar reported chasing deer in Lithia Park

    Authorities offer tips in case of encounter
  • The Ashland Police Department reported Monday that it had received a message that a cougar was seen in Lithia Park near the swimming reservoir. The cougar was chasing a deer.
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  • The Ashland Police Department reported Monday that it had received a message that a cougar was seen in Lithia Park near the swimming reservoir. The cougar was chasing a deer.
    Notices of the sighting have been posted in Lithia Park. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife guidelines suggests that anyone who encounters a cougar follow the following steps:
    • Leave the animal a way to escape. Cougars often will retreat if given the opportunity.
    • Stay calm and stand your ground.
    • Maintain direct eye contact.
    • Pick up children, but do so without bending down or turning your back on the cougar.
    • Back away slowly. Do not run. Running can trigger a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack.
    • Raise your voice and speak firmly.
    • If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
    • If in the very unusual event that a cougar attacks you, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.
    State wildlife officials note that there have been no reports of a cougar attacking a human in Oregon in more than 100 years.
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