Ore. county sees more cougars; patrol car hits 1

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- A Southern Oregon wildlife expert says cougars have been unusually visible recently in Southern Oregon's Douglas County.

Early Thursday, a police officer's patrol car accidentally hit one in downtown Roseburg. It was later tracked down and shot within a block of an elementary school.

The Roseburg News Review reports that two other cougars have been shot, and several other sightings have been reported.

Federal wildlife biologist Mike Burrell tells the Roseburg News Review he expects more sightings this summer as the big cats migrate to lower elevations and better water sources for the summer.

Farther south, in Ashland, recreation officials say a cougar was spotted Friday feeding on a deer in Lithia Park.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com