REDMOND, Ore. (AP) — The Deschutes County sheriff's office says a resident north of Redmond, Ore., shot and killed a cougar after a neighbor called for help when she discovered the big cat perched eight feet up in a tree in her yard.
Sgt. Troy Gotchy said a woman reported she was outside Friday with her 5-year-old child and her dog when the dog began barking under a juniper tree in the front yard.
The homeowner went to check and saw the cougar sitting on a branch of the tree, with the child playing about five feet away on the ground.
Gotchy says the woman pulled her child into the house and contacted a neighbor, who came and killed the cougar.
Oregon wildlife agents and a state police game trooper responded and found a young male cougar weighing about 100 pounds.
Officials determined the cougar was shot due to the threat it posed. No citations were issued.
All over Salem and parts of Marion County, road conditions were still hazardous Friday night with even the main roads coated with a layer of ice and snow.
A Marion County deputy and the man he was chasing were both wounded by gunfire in a Christmas tree field in Silverton Friday afternoon.
An arrest warrant was issued for a 40-year-old man with a glass eye for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from Oregon City.
The season's first big snow storm hit the region Friday, closing schools and shutting down roads.