- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A young cougar was seen walking through residential areas of Grants Pass.

Police told the Grants Pass Daily Courier that they went looking for it Wednesday after a number of sightings were called in near Gilbert Creek, but couldn’t find it.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife district biologist Mark Vargas says cougars prowl inside city limits in Josephine and Jackson counties more than people realize, regularly moving along creeks and wooded areas.

He says the department has no plans to try to tranquilize the cougar and relocate it, but if it keeps prowling around town, police may have to shoot it as a threat to public safety.

Last year, six cougars were killed in Josephine County, three by hunters, two for damage complaints and one for human safety.

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Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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