CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (KOIN) — A deputy shot and killed a cougar in Cascade Locks Friday night after the animal got too close to one neighborhood.
Emily Elliot was aware of recent cougar sightings in her area, so she pulled her car up close to her front door to unload groceries just after 9 p.m.
She got her dog out of the car but left her sleeping baby in his car seat while she fed the dog.
That’s when she noticed her dog stop in his tracks.
“…and a cougar is standing right here,” she said. The big cat was in the treeline just feet away from her home.
She managed to get her dog inside and decided leaving the baby in the car was the safest option while she called 911.
“She was just staring at me in the RV,” Elliot said.
The cougar laid down in her yard and didn’t get scared when the deputy arrived. That’s when he made the decision to shoot it.
“I just heard two loud bangs,” neighbor Diego Ucan said. “They went into the woods and got the body and laid it right down in the road over there.”
Elliot said she was sad that an animal had to be killed, but she feels safer now.
“The initial feeling is ‘that is such a bummer that we have to kill an animal’ and I know the officer didn’t feel good about it, we both were like ‘oh that sucks,'” Elliot said.
Officials said this is the 3rd sighting of cougars in the same neighborhood within a week, and the behavior indicates this is the same cougar in all the sightings. In one of the sightings, the cougar passed within 10 feet of a front door and seemed “acclimated to the area.”
The Oregon State Police Fish and Game division has the dead cougar for examination and continued investigation.