SUNRIVER, OR -- Another cougar was spotted in a populated area of Central Oregon, Tuesday morning. Sunriver Police received a call at about 8:30 a.m. from someone who reported seeing the animal cross the road near South Century Drive and Abbot Drive.
Sunriver PD, Deschutes County deputies and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel all responded but did not find the big cat. SPD says authorities determined there is no safety risk to the public at this time.
ODFW continues to search for a cougar last seen near the Bend Fred Meyer, last week, which has been deemed a public safety threat.
If you encounter a cougar, the Sheriff's office says don't run. Move slowly, keeping the animal in view as you get away from the area. If you live in an area where a cougar has been spotted, don't walk your dog at night, and supervise pets and kids while outside. If you see a cougar, you are encouraged to report it to local law enforcement, State Police or ODFW. Click HERE for more information.
UPDATE (4 p.m.) Authorities believe a cougar seen last week near the Bend Fred Meyer has moved on. ODFW has called off the effort to trap that animal because it hasn't returned to the area. Signs will remain, warning people that a cougar has been in the area. Anyone who sees a cougar during the day should call 911.