This may be the result of an increase in mountain lion numbers in Western states.Animals found outside of their Western range are usually young, transient males.
"If you see a cat please let the PD know so we can monitor the situation.
The PD works closely with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in these situations." There are more than 6,000 cougars in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Running triggers a chase response in cougars, which could lead to an attack. - If the cougar seems aggressive, raise your arms to make yourself look larger and clap your hands.
To report a mountain lion sighting or encounter use this online large mammal report form.
The prospect of mountain lions alarms many citizens; however, the likelihood of encountering a mountain lion in Indiana is remote.
If the landowner/tenant wishes to have someone else kill the mountain lion, that person must get a permit from the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Any mountain lion killed should be immediately reported to a DNR wildlife biologist or Central Dispatch of Indiana DNR Law Enforcement.
Indiana has no breeding population of mountain lions.
However, data collected by the Cougar Network and other states over the past decade suggest mountain lions are appearing outside their traditional Western range.
Be aware of any wildlife corridors or places where deer or elk concentrate.