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A local wildlife biologist is concerned that an injured cougar could pose a threat to people in the southwest Bend area. Last week there were several cougar sightings in the Deschutes Riverwoods area. On Friday evening sheriff's deputies were again called to the area when a cougar approached a home. Deschutes County officials say deputies feared the cougar was dangerously close to people so they made the decision to shoot the big cat with lethal force. The cougar was hit, they believe, but ran from the area and hasn't been found. District Wildlife Biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says with earlier cougar sightings, the animal wasn't showing aggressive behavior. So prior to this weekend he didn't have concerns for human safety. Most of the concern was associated with pets, being cats and dogs, that is probably what it was being used for foraging, but, much more dangerous towards people he says people in the area should be on the lookout for cougar tracks, scat, and carcasses and if you go out in the woods, go out in pairs, keep your kids close by. Have them play in groups. If you come across a cougar, speak up, act big, and leave the area, but don't turn and run.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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