A cougar was seen in a tree Thursday morning near the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro. A woman who lives along the perimeter of the park saw the animal about 8:30. According to her description, Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department staff are sure it was a cougar. This has prompted them to close the outer trails at the park as a precaution.
The same trails were closed Monday when someone walking in the park also reported seeing a cougar. Fewer details were given that time and park staff couldn't find any signs of the animal, but they closed the trails just to be safe.
The city of Hillsboro is working with Oregon Fish and Wildlife to determine if it's the same animal.