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Cougar found near hiker attack site shot and killed


THIS IS KOIN 6 NEWS. WATCHING OUT FOR YOU. JEFF: WILDLIFE MANAGERS CONTINUE TO KEEP WATCH OVER POPULAR TRAILS IN MOUNT HOOD, WE LEARN WHAT IS NEXT AFTER A COUGAR WAS SHOT AND KILLED FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF A HIKER. WILDLIFE OFFICIALS HOPE THAT THE COUGAR THEY KILLED IS THE COUGAR THAT KILLED A HIKER IN AUGUST. JENNIFER DOWLING’S LIVE WITH MORE ON WHAT OFFICIALS ARE SAYING. JENNIFER D.: THEY TELL US THEY SENT AWAY THE DEAD CAP FOR TESTING. GOAL IS WHETHER OR NINE MATCHES THE DNA THAT MATCHES THE BODY AROUND THE TIME OF THE ATTACK. THAT TESTING COULD TAKE THREE DAYS OR SO. IN THE MEANTIME, THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE WILL CONTINUE CHECKING FOR COUGARS IN THE AREA. IF THEY FIND ANOTHER ONE, THEY COULD ALSO SHOOT AND KILL THAT ANIMAL AND SEND ITS DNA AWAY FOR TESTING AS WELL. WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING WHETHER THIS IS THE RIGHT COUGAR. OUR TEAM DID DISCOVER THAT WITH A TRAIL CAM PHOTO, WHERE THAT COUGAR WAS LOCATED AT THE SAME PLACE WHERE THE FATALITY OCCURRED. WE HAVE A FAIRLY HIGH CONFIDENCE THAT IT MAY BE THE RIGHT COUGAR. ALTHOUGH CONFIRMATION WON’T BE MADE UNTIL WE HAVE DNA OR ANOTHER MATCH. JENNIFER D.: IT IS CLOSER ON 29 SOUTH, INCLUDING THE HUCKLEBERRY WILDERNESS AREA. THE TRAILS IN THOSE AREAS WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THEY ARE CONFIDENT THEY KILLED THE RIGHT CAP.

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