Officials in Oregon are unsure if a cougar who was recently shot is the same one who killed a hiker near Mount Hood. As reported by the Statesman Journal, tests will be run on the wild cat to see if she is the one who killed 55-year-old Diana Bober.
The organized hunt for cougars
After Bober’s body was found on Hunchback trail, officials with Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife made plans to organize planned hunts for cougars in the area…DNA would be gathered from the dead cats until a match was found.
After the adult female cougar was killed on Friday, officials with the agency stated that they would “continue operations” but halt active pursuit of cougars in the area. Before the cat was killed, ODFW official Brian Wolfer had stated:
“We’re going to be as humane as possible. We’re not going in there intending to kill a large number of cougars.”
From the instigation of the hunt, officials had stated that any cougars found in the region would be killed until the one who killed the hiker was located.
The cougar killed on Friday
Hunters tracked the female cougar using dogs – she was located in a tree on Friday afternoon and shot and killed with a rifle.
Animal lovers have expressed outrage over the hunt for cougars in the area – though many have questioned why cougars could not be captured and tested, officials with the wildlife agency have stated that it isn’t possible to do. Others have stated the obvious…the woman was in the cougar’s domain and the wild animal should not be killed for behaving like a wild animal. The wildlife organization has stated that it is not normal for a cougar to kill a human – which is their reason for wanting the feline eliminated.
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