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OC residents latest to see cougars
Two separate sightings, about an hour apart, had residents in a Happy Valley neighborhood staying inside last week.
The cougar was first spotted by contractor Justin Simms, who was doing work for a client in the area of Southeast 132nd and Ridgecrest. He called 911 immediately, but authorities could not find the cougar. About an hour later, a cougar was spotted near an elementary school not far from the first location.
Just before 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday, authorities lifted all of the lockdowns in the area. The Clackamas County Sheriffs Office said Happy Valley deputies will continue to keep an eye out for the cougar while on patrol.
Then, over this past weekend, two separate cougar sightings were reported in the Park Place neighborhood of Oregon City. OCPD received the first call from a woman Saturday, July 12, about 8:46 p.m. on Harley Avenue between La Rae and Cleveland streets who saw a cougar lying down on the southwest portion of her property. After responding officers were not able to locate the cougar, a second citizen reported a sighting less than half a mile away Sunday, July 13, at about 3 a.m. in the area of Swan Avenue and Cleveland Street. OCPD was again unable to locate the cougars, and notified the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the county trapper.