Monday, March 09, 2020

OR: Landowner Defends Animals, Shoots Killer Mountain Lion

By March 1, the cougar returned and killed two more goats two houses from the first attack. The landowner, who was not identified, shot it the next day when it came back to feed on the carcasses.

"That's five visits in six days to that neighborhood," Thompson said. "It's kind of an anomalous situation to have one that comes back that often."

ODFW is experiencing a rash of cougar complaints in and around The Dalles, with as many as three or four calls per week, Thompson said. The reason is tough to pin down, though it could be due to a steep decline in the local deer population, which has been hit by outbreaks of adenovirus and epizootic hemorrhagic disease in recent years.
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