A woman was shocked when she faced a wild animal near her home.
People in Troutdale, Oregon were shocked to learn a cougar was spotted in their area.
Natalie Bowers spotted a puma roaming by her backyard fence and immediately tried to get her neighbor’s attention.
“I’m screaming and screaming as loud as I can and waving my hands,” she told local broadcaster. fox 12.
Bowers had two dogs who alerted her to the cougar when they began barking at the cougar.
“Her“Everything was fine and she ran towards our goal right behind us,” Bowers said, describing the cougar.
In the neighborhood, kids love to play outside, which immediately became a problem when a cougar roamed the streets.
“That was my first thought,” Bowers said, “that there’s going to be a kid riding a bike without his parents and he’s going to think it’s a big dog.”
“It’s worrying to know there might be something lurking,” added neighbor Mariza Proctor.
“Especially when we have so much undergrowth and vegetation behind us. We can’t really see what’s back there.”
Pat Miller, another neighbor in the area, later found the cougar in his backyard, which worried him since he owned small dogs.
“I don’t know how long it was here,” he explained, “but it was definitely here.
“Maybe the cat is hungry, so I didn’t really think that was great. Hope they find it.”
Miller has lived in Troutdale for over 30 years so isn’t surprised there are cougars in the area. However, they have never jumped over his fence.
So far, the cougar has not been caught, but the police are actively looking for him.
The hope is to relocate the animal to protect the animal and the neighborhood.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife admits that there are 6,000 cougars in the state.
To protect yourself and those around you, the organization recommends staying calm and standing your ground.
They also point out that while it’s great to get to a safe place, don’t run away or it could end up with them chasing you.