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Possible puma prompts police presence
A USPS employee called police after seeing what he believed to be a cougar outside Mary Woodward Elementary School.
Students at Mary Woodard Elementary School had an unusual first day of school on Tuesday after a cougar was spotted in a wooded area outside the school.
According to Tigard Police, a postal employee delivering mail to the school spotted what they thought was a cougar near the elementary school's large outdoor garden at about noon, Sept. 8.
Students were kept inside the school as a precaution until class ended at 2 p.m.
Tigard Police and wildlife officials searched the area, but could not find the animal.
Officers were posted at the school as a precaution for the rest of the afternoon.
The possible sighting is unusual for Tigard, but it's not unprecedented. In 2009 a cougar was seen in a driveway near Fowler Middle School and in 2011 a black bear wandered into a field outside Tualatin Elementary School.
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