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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.

Tigard Police released this image of a possible cougar sighting near Mary Woodward Elementary School on Tuesday, the first day classes resumed from summer vacation.
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.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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