The Pacific Northwest has seen two fatalities from big cat attacks in the last year. In May of 2018, one mountain biker was killed and another injured after a mountain lion pounced on the pair.
In October, a Gresham woman was killed by a cougar on Mount Hood while hiking.
Oregon hiker killed in Mount Hood cougar attack suffered broken neck, puncture wounds
Diana Bober's body was discovered about 300 feet off the Hunchback Trail in the Mount Hood National Forest and down a steep incline, records released this week show.
Still, experts say cougar attacks are exceedingly rare. Over the last 100 years, there have been a total of about two dozen fatal attacks and less than 100 non-fatal attacks, according to the Associated Press. The hikerís death in Oregon was the first in recorded state history.
They are not rare anymore. The're becoming more frequent every year. Here in Southern Oregon we are seeing more cougars in and around towns than ever before. As the logging industry kills off more habitat for wildlife, they are moving closer to towns where food is available.
The deer (And other wildlife)populations have dwindled here in western Oregon due to the spraying of harmful chemicals to kill unwanted natural vegetation to allow only fir trees to grow.Simply put, they have nothing to eat in the forests anymore because of the greedy timber industry. If I sound like a tree hugging Liberal, I'm not.I'm for harvesting our natural resources,but do so without harming nature.
Log the forests,but do so without cutting down native hardwoods and spraying to stop them and other food sources from growing.Do it without these dam chemicals that we know are hazardous to all forms of life. If you live in the pacific NW in a rural area, you better start looking over your shoulder when out in the great outdoors. You might have a big cat stalking you or your child.
I don't think of myself as a staunch Republican or Democrat.
I am a Christian and a Conservative...........In that order!