A cougar that appeared to be severely injured was spotted twice during the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday in Talent before police responded and killed the animal for public safety reasons.
"It wasn't afraid of the people around it, which is concerning when you have an animal that's in a city," said Sgt. Jennifer Snook of Talent police.
The first sighting of the animal came in at about noon from an apartment complex at 233 Eva Way.
"We went out there and looked around and couldn't find it," Snook said.
Police received reports of a second sighting at 5 p.m. at another apartment complex nearby on 220 Holiday Lane, just around the corner from the Eva Way complex. No menacing behavior was reported in either sighting.
On the second call, witnesses reported that the animal was leaning against a house and did not look like it intended to leave. Police responded and saw the animal had been injured. Its upper hip and hindquarters were bloodied and scraped up, leading responders to believe it could have been struck by a car.
"It's obvious that it was injured," Snook said. "Even if it wanted to leave, it was not able to do so."
Snook said police could not get in touch with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Responders then killed the animal. Talent police said ODFW officials will pick the animal's body up for further analysis today.
— Ryan Pfeil