The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers these tips for residents
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offers these tips for residents:
Learn your neighborhood and be aware of any wildlife corridors or places where deer gather. Walk pets during the day and keep them on a leash. Keep pets indoors at dawn and dusk. Shelter them for the night. Feed pets indoors. Don't leave food and garbage outside. Use animal-proof garbage cans if cans must be outside. Remove heavy brush from near the house and play areas. Install motion-activated lights outdoors. Be more cautious around dawn and dusk. Do not feed any wildlife. By attracting other wildlife, you may attract a cougar. Keep areas around bird feeders clean. Deer-proof your garden and yard with nets, lights and fencing. Fence and shelter livestock. Move them to sheds or barns at night.
If you recreate in cougar country, ODFW offers the following advice:
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Leave your dog at home or keep it on a leash since a dog running loose may lead a cougar back to you. Hike in groups and make noise to alert wildlife to your presence. Keep children close to you. Keep campsites clean and sleep 100 yards from cooking areas. Store food in animal-proof containers. Carry deterrent spray. Never feed any wildlife since prey attracts predators. Stay at least 100 yards away from any wildlife, including baby animals. Be alert when sitting quietly or stopping to rest. Be aware that animal calls and animal kills can attract cougars.
If you encounter a cougar, ODFW recommends taking the following actions:
Leave a cougar a way to escape since they often retreat if given an opportunity. Stay calm, stand your ground and maintain direct eye contact. Pick up children, but without bending or turning your back to a cougar. Back away slowly. Do not run, which can trigger a chase response and an attack. Speak loudly and firmly. If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands. If a cougar attacks, fight back with rocks, sticks, tools or any items available.