On Sunday, Nov. 30 around 10:30 or 11 a.m., Marilyn Tillotson and her two small poodles had quite a surprise. She saw something that at first glance looked like a dog with a long, skinny tail, perhaps a German shepherd. It was along the fence line at the Willamette Egg Ranch, just north of Eagle Point.
Tillotson thought the “dog” was traveling away from her, but all at once she realized it was coming right toward her. And it was not a dog. It was a cougar. She grabbed her small poodles. Fortunately, the cougar stopped and headed toward the blackberry bushes.
It wasn’t until the next day that she called ODF&W. After describing the incident, Tillotson said the ODF&W person, whom she could not identify, said the cat’s behavior was unusual and they would send someone out, which they did on Tuesday.
Later in the week they were planning to set a trap with raw meat in hopes of trapping the animal.
Tillotson said she is concerned about the neighbors, especially those with small children and wanted people in the area aware of the incident.
Over the last several years there have been several issues with cougars in that general area.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent