A cougar seen sitting in a tree at a home in Redmond was shot and killed by a resident Friday morning, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to 7525 Nortwest Way at 9:20 a.m., shortly after the animal had been killed. The homeowner told deputies she was outside with her dog and 5-year-old child when the dog began barking under a juniper tree. She went in for a closer look and saw a cougar sitting on a branch about 8 feet above the ground.
The homeowner said that, after running inside with her child, she contacted a neighbor who came over and shot the cougar. An Oregon State Police game trooper and a representative of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were called to the scene. The cougar was determined to be a younger male weighing approximately 100 pounds and was removed from the area by ODFW.
Officials determined the cougar was shot due to the threat it posed. No citations were issued.
— From staff and wire reports