Bulletin staff report

Several cougars have been spotted approaching campsites along the Lower Deschutes River near Warm Springs, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reported Friday.

Cougars are a public safety risk when they become used to humans, the bureau said. It advised rafters and campers to stay in groups, keep children close and keep pets on a leash.

Campers also should keep campsites clean, store food in animal-proof containers and sleep 100 yards away from cooking areas. People should pay especially close attention at dawn and dusk, when cougars are most active.

If you encounter a cougar, stay calm, maintain eye contact and make yourself large and loud while backing away.

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