Angel’s Rest reopens after cougar removed


BRIDAL VEIL, Ore. (KOIN) — A cougar that killed 2 goats and “showed little fear of humans” prompted authorities to close Angel’s Rest Trailhead through Friday.

The trailhead is in Bridal Veil. Nearby Palmer Mill Road is also closed. This hiking trail goes above the property where the attack happened.

The first report of the killer cougar came in Wednesday night, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. A deputy spotted the cougar and fired his weapon but missed and the cougar ran off.

A biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife looked at the scene where the goats were killed and found evidence the cougar may return. Authorities put a live trap into place to catch the cougar and remove it from the area.

Inside the live trap is one of the pygmy goats killed by the cougar on the nearby property.

“The carcasses we found had bite wounds at the neck typical of a cougar attack and it was dragged to a side near a fence then buried under the grass,” said Kurt Licence with ODFW. “Clear sign it was a cougar.”

The cage has a large door that shuts once the prey is moved. ODFW has a live camera at the spot triggered by movement so they can monitor it a dusk or in the evening. 

The cougar is considered a threat and has killed livestock, so it will likely be killed. Deputies said a homeowner killed a cougar Thursday night, but it’s unclear if it’s the same cougar.

The sheriff’s office said Angel’s Rest Trailhead “is closed for the next day out of an abundance of caution.”

Around noon on Friday, the Columbia River Gorge Fire Service said officials reported the cougar had been removed and Angel’s Rest was being reopened. 

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