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Press Conference 3 p.m. today – Update on fatal cougar attack

September 12, 2018

ODFW and other agencies attempting to locate the cougar that likely killed Mt. Hood hiker Diana Bober will host a press conference today, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, 4th floor, 9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd., Clackamas

This morning, ODFW staff are working with other agencies involved in effort incl. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police-Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service.

Due to rugged, challenging terrain and potential time since the attack, the initial effort will focus on using hounds trained to pick up a cougar’s scent to find the cougar.

Recent rainfall affects the detection of scent and it rained yesterday. Conditions today are not suitable for use of hounds so this part of the operation is expected to begin tomorrow. Today, agencies involved are doing further reconnaissance and planning including placing trail cameras, posting closure areas, communication logistics (readying radios, other equipment to use during operation) and developing a better understanding of the area.

ODFW has received some requests for photos. Below is link to flickr account of ODFW cougar photos. These are NOT photos from the current situation but stock photos you are welcome to use. See caption for appropriate information https://www.flickr.com/photos/odfw/albums/72157623436767547

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy, ODFW, (503) 947-6022, Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us
Rick Swart, ODFW, (971) 673-6038, Rick.Swart@state.or.us

 
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