Aug 18,2006 00:00
Bend Weekly News Sources
Bend Police received reports of a cougar sighting in a southwest Bend neighborhood both Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18.
According to Lt. Ken Mannix, Bend Police and agents from the United States Department of Agriculture responded to the area of SW Pelton and McKinley Avenue on both days, and while they performed an extensive search they were unable to locate the animal.
According to Wikipedia, attacks on humans are rare, but do occur -- especially as humans encroach on wildlands and impact the availability of the cougar's traditional prey. There were around 100 cougar attacks on humans in the United States and Canada during the period from 1890 to January 2004, with 16 fatalities.
Anyone who observes a cougar should immediately contact the 911 Dispatch center at 693-6911, said Lt. Mannix.