The cougar hunt is on in Mount Hood National Forest

first_imgGovernment houndsmen from around Oregon are descending upon the Mount Hood National Forest to hunt down and kill the cougar responsible for the first fatal cougar attack in state history.At least three federal Wildlife Services agents with tracking dogs will go into the remote Hunchback Mountain area to capture and kill any cougar they find to see whether it matches animal DNA taken from the body of 55-year-old Gresham hiker Diana Bober, whose body was found Monday.“When we locate them, our intention will be to kill them and then take samples and then try to match that up,” said Brian Wolfer, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s South Willamette watershed manager.“We will not know for sure we have the correct cougar until we’re able to get those samples,” said Wolfer, who added that “we are not looking to indiscriminately kill a large number of cougars.”It takes at least two hours to hike into the scene where Bober’s body was found. The trail is as skinny as 2-feet-wide in places and includes steep drop-offs, Wolfer said. The trail is also rife with blown-down trees that make using mules to haul in a trap or cage impossible, he said.last_img read more