New signs on the Deschutes River Trail near Bend’s Mill District warn of cougar activity and advise against walking alone in the area.
The signs report a cougar was seen in the area Thursday.
The Deschutes River Trail is about two miles west from where a cougar was sighted early Thursday morning, near Grocery Outlet on SE Wilson and SE 3rd Street.
The signs advise walkers to avoid approaching a cougar if one is encountered. Instead, people should stay calm, try to appear large, make noise and keep children close.
Fighting back is advised on the rare occasion a cougar attacks.
All sightings of cougars should be reported to Oregon State Police or Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.