When mountain lions attack! Apparently there’s a young cougar attempting to establish territory in Bend, primarily on Awbrey Butte and possibly Shevlin Park. This is not unusual for Central Oregon, but the way the local news outlets have been covering this story you’d think the world is ending. I actually find all the hooplah amusing.
Here’s the online rundown:
- Bend.com: Tethered dog killed by cougar on Saginaw
- Bend.com: Cougar Kills Again (sensationalistic, but my favorite is the subtitle: “Jack Rabbit found dead”)
- Bend Bulletin: Cougar hunt closes park on northwest side
- Bend Bulletin: Cougar eludes capture
The Bulletin actually has the better coverage; makes me long for the days of Barney at Bend.com.
Speaking of Barney, KTVZ has been covering the cougar nightly, too. I get a chuckle and shake my head every time I hear them talking about it; something about their delivery, maybe, but when one of the items reported is about a sighting that turned out to be a house cat, well, you just have to laugh.
Look, I’ve lived here most of my life, so to me it’s just not shocking, freaky or worriesome when this type of thing happens, it just gets dealt with. Face it, this isn’t just cougar country, it’s also bear, coyote and rattlesnake country, and that’s not changing anytime soon; this Chicken Little syndrome is getting old.