Two young cougars were seen today at 5:40 PM on Oakridge Road between Wagon Wheel and the bend in the road just east of that (towards the stop sign at Trails End). But the property owner couldn’t get close enough to take a photo with his mobile phone before they scattered. These were definitely cougars with the longer tail & crook at the end. Since these were young, we must definitely have some breeding cougars in our area.
Many property owners are feeding deer and attracting more wildlife to our properties. Keep a watchful eye for the predators that follow those we are trying to attract, including Cougars, Bobcats and Coyote. Do not run if you are confronted by one of these animals. Try to look larger than you are; carry a big stick, wave your arms, yell, etc. Consider walking or biking in groups.
And, as always, live life outdoors!
(Note: If anyone has any pictures on their game cameras of one of these cats or other predators, please forward to ORWMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.)