Cougar makes its presence felt in Jacksonville



JACKSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A cougar has come a little too close for comfort for some in the southern Oregon town of Jacksonville.

A half-eaten deer was found Thursday, the apparent victim of a hungry cougar.

Jacksonville police officer Gary Rose tells the Medford Mail Tribune ( ) that some neighbors have said they’re nervous to walk around at night. The deer has been removed, and police peppered the area with flyers warning neighbors that a cougar had chosen the area as a hunting ground.

But not everyone is concerned. Bruce Garrett says cougars and bears come with the territory, and he wasn’t nervous walking his dog in the area.

It’s anyone’s guess whether the cougar will stick around Jacksonville, where it’s not uncommon to see deer in the streets.


Information from: Mail Tribune,