PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closed a popular forest after reports of an aggressive cougar.
Dunn Forest, just north of Corvallis, was closed for Labor Day and beyond after a hiker reported the cougar.
The research forest, managed by Oregon State University, shared a warning on its Facebook page saying the encounter happened Saturday morning.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Officials and the state police sent out search crews with dogs but couldn’t find the animal.
There have also been several sightings in Salem, where deputies say a big cat was seen near 47th Avenue and Appaloosa Court.
The latest reports come just a week after cougars near another college community. Last week, Lewis and Clark University posted signs around campus warning students of multiple cougar sightings in the area.
Officials say if you encounter a cougar — stop, make noise and raise your arms or hold out a coat to appear large. Don’t run, it can encourage the animal to chase could. If you’re attacked, fight back.
ODFW said Dunn Forest will remain closed likely for the next few days while they continue searching for that cougar.