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Cougar killed in Ashland

A 76-pound cougar spotted in Ashland resting on a tree limb about 20 feet above the backyard of a local resident was shot and killed by Ashland Police and Oregon State Patrol officers on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Officers said they had received a number of reports of missing small animals (cats, ducks, geese) in the same vicinity where the cougar was lounging. Additionally, officers believed tranquilizing the cat would have given it time to run. Officers decided not to chase an agry cat through a crowded neighborhood and put bystanders and passerby in danger. See full story and photo gallery at www.dailytidings.com.