Recently an Oregon police officer shot and killed a cougar that was spotted near the summit of Pilot Butte, a 500-foot-tall, extinct cinder cone volcano, in Bend. The cougar was said to be a large male, and only 15 yards from a paved road and popular hiking trail where hundreds of people go daily.
While the department had considered tranquilizing the cougar, the darts can take up to 15 minutes to work. January 30th, state Fish and Wildlife agents killed a cougar in a tree above a home, making this was the second cougar killed in Bend this year. Officials say it would have been to risky to relocate the animal.