Where Do Cougars Sleep?

January 4, 2024


In general, cougars like to hide in a place that provides good cover for them and their prey. They are adept climbers and will seek refuge in trees, craggy mountain areas or caves. They also prefer rocky landscapes that give them a chance to escape quickly in the event of a chase.

When a cougar feels threatened, it may act aggressively by stalking, sizing up the situation and then running at its prey. A cougar will only attack if it feels its life is in danger or if it thinks it has been cornered. If a cougar displays aggression, pick up small children and pets, talk firmly in a loud voice and make yourself look larger by raising your arms or clapping your hands. People have stopped attacks by using sticks, baseball caps and garden tools.

The best way to avoid an encounter is to learn your neighborhood. Be aware of cougar habitat areas, including the places where deer and elk gather at dusk and dawn. Keep pets on a leash and inside at night. Store trash in clean, well-secured containers or use animal-proof garbage cans. Remove wood piles, brush and other hiding places where cougars might lurk. Install motion-activated lighting outdoors along walkways and driveways. Do not feed wildlife and report any cougar sightings or encounters to your local ODFW or Oregon State Police office. If you have livestock, fence them at night and move them into sheds or barns during the day.


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