Earlier this week around 10 o’clock at night a cougar jumped over a fence and entered their backyard in an Oregon neighborhood which backs up to a wooded area. Rosie a Border Terrier and Chiquita a Chihuahua who had been let out for their nightly business were having none of this. Like most dogs, regardless of size, when they saw something invading their territory, they went after it.
The cougar quickly pinned down Rosie, but Chiquita in typical Chihuahua fashion, barked most ferociously. For whatever reason, the cougar decided that he really wasn’t that hungry at the moment and abandoned his entrée of Terrier Tartare unhurt.
Police searched the area, but found no sign of the cougar. Sightings of cougars have been relatively rare in the area. Police Chief Ken Eklwer said that although the area had been posted with warnings this is only the third cougar sighting in the past year. He recommended that people call 9-1-1 when they spot a mountain lion. I hope they don’t send the SWAT team.
Loren Wingert, owner of Rosie and Chiquita, had a better idea. She said her family will be watching the dogs more closely when they go to the back yard late at night.
To survive, cougars must hunt and kill. Anything on four legs is considered fair game. We can’t expect them to know the difference between a destructive rodent and a beloved pet. They rarely attack humans. In fact there has never been a documented case of a cougar attacking a human in Oregon.
It would seem that the cougars, who probably got there first, are doing their best to live near civilization.