City officials advise caution after rumors of cougar sighting

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 6:39 am

Local authorities and Hillsboro’s mayor are urging caution after rumors surfaced this week of a possible large cat sighting in Woodland Park.

Hillsboro City Commission President Terry Sando announced Monday that reports were circulating in the community that a mountain lion may have been spotted in the park.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, the city’s official Facebook account published a post on the possible sighting and asked residents “to stay safe while out and around town.”

The Facebook post had more than 209 shares by 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Reached Tuesday, Traill County Sheriff Steve Hunt said the rumor may be tied to a report of a bobcat sighting near Woodland Park on Sunday night.

Dispatchers received a call at 10:20 p.m. Sunday reporting a possible bobcat in the driveway of a home near the park.

Authorities were not able to confirm the presence of a large cat in the area, Hunt said.

He advised residents to contact the sheriff’s office to report any large animal sightings so game wardens can be notified.

A hunter killed a female mountain lion believed to weigh close to 100 pounds about a mile northwest of Hillsboro in December 2017. 

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