A woman and her daughter said they came face-to-face with a cougar on Saturday evening – right outside their Portland home.
Picot said they are used to seeing deer, coyotes and foxes near their home, which is next to a forested area on a steep slope. At first, Picot said she thought she was seeing a regular-sized cat.
But she said the animal, just yards away from her house, moved ”in an unusual way” that indicated to her that it was no wandering house cat. And she said she wanted to get a closer look.
Picot said she got a flashlight and called her daughter, Elizabeth, to come take a look and “we decided it was so unique that I was going to go outside to check to see what it was.”
Elizabeth stayed inside the home. “It was scary at first,” she said.
Picot went out to a raised porch area of the home located above the ground and using a flashlight, spotted the animal’s green eyes in the gathering darkness. That’s when she said she locked eyes with the big cat. “It did not want to break eye contact,” she said.
She described it as “muscular and strong-looking.”
“It was intriguing,” she said. “I did not feel in danger.” She said she knew not to make any sudden movements and after some post-sighting research, said she probably should have been more scared.
“It was very focused on its next meal, which was me,” Picot added.
Elizabeth snapped a fuzzy photo of the animal and Picot said just up the hill from the first cat was another one.
Picot and her daughter hope to spread the word about the sighting to other neighbors, especially those with children. “It’s obvious they have no problem coming this close,” she said. “There is a threat and I want people to know about it.”
Neighbor Karen Rieder said she thinks having the big cats around could be dangerous but its not a threat since does not let her small dog, Punkin, go out alone.
“We do hear lots of wildlife,” she said. “It doesn’t hurt to be too careful.”