This cougar was in my yard, i quickly pulled out my phone and snapped a picture of it. I only had the door open a little bit so it wouldn't see me, but i was spotted. As soon as it looked at me, i ran back into the house. Its bigger than it looks.

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dave says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 10:56 PM

They are in the tree farms in south south salem... beware

Gloria says ... on Wednesday, Jun 17 at 10:08 PM

Why is it when people can't understand or don't like something their first instinct is to kill it? We have coyotes taking our animals but I don't want them killed. Trap and relocate.

87quest says ... on Thursday, May 14 at 10:55 AM

WOW that is a georgous animal.....but it is also an apex predator and yes it has the ability to kill humans but will it who knows lets just leave it alone..its just doing what it is programmed to do....survive.....just like you and me

Unnamed says ... on Monday, May 4 at 11:36 PM

I am on the fence but everything has its place in the world.I hunt and if I feel threatened by a cougar,bear ,ect.I will protect myself and my family including my dog. I can guarantee you it will not be wasted since cougar meat is very good.

but says ... on Sunday, May 3 at 10:46 AM

when they accidently get a taste for house-pets, or are daring enough to venture into your yard to get one, it's just a matter of time that curiosity could lead to an accidental confrontation w/ a human...situation just needs to be watched.

nothing to panic about says ... on Sunday, May 3 at 10:44 AM

I've lived in cougar territory for 2 years now in a new home on 20 acres by the McKenzie river. They are terribly elusive and usually are only spotted in the most desolate, higher altitude homes higher on the hill from us.

Let it Be... says ... on Sunday, May 3 at 6:47 AM

What a beautiful big cat! Keep close eye on your kids and pets :-)

keith says ... on Friday, May 1 at 5:30 AM

the cougars were here way before we were so leave them alone but if you all cry enough my be we will be able to kill then all and know one will have any thing to worry about exepet the deer because ther will be to many of them then do you see a end

Sue says ... on Thursday, Apr 30 at 12:33 PM

I live in Hillsboro, OR and a cougar was seen several times earlier this year down the street from the farm I live on.ODFW down-played this.I have photographs of paw prints to prove that it was on our property.The Argus used one photo in an article.

Larry says ... on Tuesday, Apr 28 at 8:46 AM

Feral house cats and pet cats are predators and kill a great number of small animals and birds. They too are items on the food chain for larger animals. If a couger kills a little cat that the natural order of things. Not rat a tat ,kill the big cat.

boy says ... on Saturday, Apr 25 at 12:08 AM


me says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 11:51 PM

we do not need wild anilmals lets just send them all to mexico instead of killing them all ha ha bob your a boob

Photo Man says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 5:57 PM

Excellent photo for a phone-cam. Great job! I'd love to have had my telephoto lens on that big monster. Oh... and Bob sounds like a boob. It would be back within a few days. Better keep the kids indoors.

the deer hunter says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 4:08 PM

Bob you cant just move wild animals around. puting them in outher animals homes

McCOY says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 4:01 PM

Bob you sound like a boob

deer hunter says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 3:57 PM

Bob you sound like a boob sea lions in fresh water need to be killed . bears in the city cougars in your back yard you can't just move them.and make them some one eltses problem or can you. Know mater how far you move them thay can find thair way bac

The deer hunter says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 3:39 PM

A lion of that size will kill like 3 deer a mounth let it go.

Bob Grubbs says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 11:24 AM

Why don't they just move it? If moved far enough away it won't come back to this location. Kill cougars, bears, sea lions, what's next? I see coyotes all the time, they kill cats, etc. Lets put a bounty on all them bad animals, bad people included.

OSnatve says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 6:19 AM

Nice looking cougar. I bet it eats at least 3 or 4 cats or dogs a day.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 11:28 PM

lets just kill thim all so we will not have to worry about thim any more thay were not here first we are in ther back yard ther not in ares

Dollie says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 10:30 PM

Do you supose that it's the humans that are moving into the cougars hunting ground, and not the cougars moving into the peoples habitat? They are getting pushed farther and farther away from their natural habitat, so what can they do?

monkers_13 says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 12:37 PM

k well just wanted to know... corvallis or salem!!! and that looks just like the cougar that i saw in my back yard a couple weeks ago!!! might be the same one and if it is dont be scared i study cougars they are not that bad

Finally says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 7:40 AM

Bonnie - ODFW is trying to save someone's life! Would you not be screaming that "something" should have been done sooner if next week this lion kills a 6 year-old child? Let the professionals do their job as they see fit and quit criticizing!

Monster Dog says ... on Thursday, Apr 23 at 3:51 AM

Here, kitty, kitty, kitty.... I have something for you.....

Penny says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 11:45 PM

That cat is big! One big enough to take down an elk could rip a large adult human into pieces (without anesthesia). A mountain lion can jump 20 to 30 feet from a standstill. They are very quiet and can stalk humans without a sound!

Bonnie says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 10:45 PM

This is so typical of see a wild animal so kill it.The explanation given by the spokesperson for the ODFW absolutely ridiculous.There are many areas that the cougar can be released in.Killing it is so much easier and cheaper, it's just wrong.

Tweety says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 10:32 PM

I tawt I taw a puddy tat.

Watcher in West Lane County says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 10:30 PM

Dennehy of ODFW stated the cougar mauled the cat, but your report stated suspected of mauling the cat. Just because a few people saw this large cat it's guilty!! Where's the proof?? I'd like to know Dennehy's qualifications for executing the cat??

Kim says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 10:20 PM

In support of termination of cougar, if you have ever been out hunting and back tracked yourself, you would know that a cougar had been tracking you. They are preditory and are looking for food and an easy kill. Children and pets have been saved.

Chuckster says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 8:50 PM

There are Cougars in Salem, Corvallis and Portland. They really go for 20 something young men, most of whom are too soft and stupid to attract girls their own age. Cougars are dried up old has-been women who want to relive their youth, but can't.

A Reader says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 5:13 PM

Yep. Title reads Salem but location tag reads Corvallis. Clarification please.

Dianne says ... on Wednesday, Apr 22 at 9:49 AM

Saw a cougar about 2 weeks ago on Clear Lake Road west of the dam tenders office. Had dark patches on his back. Looked BIG when he jumped the ditch and fence and headed north through pasture land. Running parallel with Territorial Highway.

KVAL John says ... on Tuesday, Apr 21 at 4:58 PM

Hi, this is John from KVAL. I just wanted to clarify something on this picture: was it taken in Salem or Corvallis? The title "The Salem Cougar" threw me off a bit. Thanks.

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