Cougar fatally shot after killing sheep, turkey near Bend

Treed cougar in the Sled Springs Unit, Oregon (ODFW file photo/2008)

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A farmer near Bend shot and killed a cougar earlier after it killed two Shetland sheep and a turkey on his property.

The Bulletin reported Thursday that Mark Davidson found the dead sheep Monday hidden under sticks and pine needles in a pasture closest to his house. He spotted the dead turkey near a barn.

Later Monday, Candy Davidson let their dog outside and checked on the sheep. Her flashlight caught glowing eyes and she ran inside to tell her husband, who shot the cougar with a .22-caliber rifle.

The couple as required by law later contacted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Assistant district wildlife biologist Randy Lewis responded and determined the cougar was a healthy 3-year-old male.

State law says a landowner in Oregon is allowed to kill a cougar if it is causing damage to their property.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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