I just picked this up off the wire.
“SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife officers have killed five cougars recently in a Sisters subdivision where the animals were hunting for food and getting on decks.
The cougars are believed to be a mother and four of her young.
Federal predator control officers killed three cougars estimated at 18 to 20 months old on March 18. The mother and a juvenile male were killed Thursday.
KTVZ-TV reported Monday (http://bit.ly/GRxdqV) the killings followed reports of a cougar seen with a domestic cat in its mouth, several other sightings, the loss of chickens and attacks on two dogs.
A spokeswoman for the Oregon wildlife agency, Michelle Dennehy, says problem cougars aren’t relocated because that would just move the problem elsewhere.”
My brother’s best friend, Tyler Hoyt, lives in Sisters, a cool mountain town in the Cascades. I sent Tyler an email asking how close this was to his house. His answer: “a quarter mile.” He added that he never sees cougars.
I told him people around here see cougars all the time, and we don’t even have any.