Bend police shot and killed a cougar near the top of Pilot Butte on Saturday night.

A person reported seeing the animal about 6:45 p.m. near the top of the butte above the water towers; it was lying about 15 yards above the trail, according to a news release from Bend Police.

Officers located the cat in the described area and, concerned about safety, began evacuating people who were nearby.

About 7:25 p.m., the large male cougar was shot and killed “due to the danger it posed to the community,” according to the news release.

The police department has officers trained to use tranquilizer guns on dogs as a less lethal option, the news release said. Police said they considered tranquilizing the cougar, but “a tranquilizer dart can take up to 15 minutes to take effect on an animal and can create an even more dangerous situation in an uncontained area,” the release said.

State wildlife officials in late January killed a cougar after they tranquilized and removed it from a tree in southeast Bend.

— Bulletin staff reports