Police couldn't track the big cat but warn residents to be careful.
A S.W. Portland resident reported seeing a large animal with a curled tail near S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road and Tenth Avenue. Police couldn't find the cat but the resident, a hunter, said it didn't look like a typical domestic pet.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offer tips on how to protect yourself when meeting up with a cougar: mark yourself appear large, make noise, keep children close and don't crouch down close to the ground. For more tips and details on how to report a nuisance animal, click here.
From the Portland Police Bureau:
Today, Tuesday March 26, 2013, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to the area of Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road and 10th Avenue on the report of a cougar in the neighborhood.
Officers contacted the caller who reported seeing a large animal with a 2' curled tail behind a residence in the 3300 block of Southwest 10th Avenue. The caller and another person reported to police that they are hunters and are familiar with cougars. Officers checked the area but could not confirm the presence of a cougar.
The neighborhood where the possible cougar sighting occurred is directly above Oregon Health Science University, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, the Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. This neighborhood is next to Marquam Nature Park and not far from Washington Park.