Cougars have been often spotted in the storage area, but as their numbers increase they are wandering further into the park itself. Just last night, two juveniles where spotted by one of our night walkers.
In the 1960s cougars numbered about 200 state wide. To protect them, hound hunting was outlawed. Now they number 6000 and are being frequently sited in residential areas. There have been attacks on humans in the Springfield area. In our area of Douglas county officials remove 30 cougar a year to lessen attacks on livestock. Officials are considering changing the hunting laws again but in the meantime we must watch out for our pets. The cougar will be attracted to the deer, rabbits and small pets of Timber Valley. They are becoming bolder and unafraid of humans.
If you encounter a cougar, keep calm. Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar. Pick up small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back- sudden movements may provoke an attack.