LA PINE, OR -- State officials urge South County residents to be aware of cougars in the La Pine area. USDA Wildlife Services and ODFW are tracking a cougar after a sighting Tuesday morning near the Corner Store in La Pine.
Investigators say the animals are responsible for the deaths of at least two pets and a dozen chickens, recently. They believe the cats are having trouble hunting for food in deep snow.
ODFW also asks people not to put out feed for deer and elk because it can lead to concentrations of those animals and attract cougars looking for prey. Visit ODFW's website for more tips