We are looking to buy a house in Corvallis. We are looking at a property near the NE boundary of the OSU lamb barns property. I'm looking for information about cougar/human interactions in that area, specifically with the added risks of having small children, a small dog, and chickens. Also, what proactive actions could be taken to keep cougars out of a yard in that area?
Our ODFW District Biologist (either Nancy Taylor or AnneMary Myers 541-757-4186) would be the best source of number of reports of cougar activity in that specific location.
We have abundant deer in our area, so cougars are and will continue to use the region. Deer-proofing (i.e., high-fencing) your yard is one way to diminish potential attractiveness of your yard for cougars. There are many excellent recommendations for prevention of conflicts and practices to follow on the rare occasion of a direct contact from ODFW.