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Angel's Rest Trailhead in Columbia Gorge re-opens as search for cougar ends - 06/07/19

CORBETT, Ore. -- The Angel's Rest Trailhead in the western Columbia River Gorge has reopened. The trailhead was closed Thursday, June 6 in cooperation with the Multnomah County Sheriff, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and other partners to aid in the search for a cougar in the area and due to concerns about public safety.

Information about the response to the cougar incident is available from ODFW; contact Rick Swart, 971-673-6038, ick.swart@state.or.us">rick.swart@state.or.us or Michelle Dennehy, 503-947-6022, Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us.

Trail visitors are reminded Angel's Rest can get very congested, especially on weekends. If there's no room to park legally and safely, either move to a different park or reschedule your visit. A mass transit option is available; see https://columbiagorgeexpress.com for details. Information on taking care of the Gorge and yourself as a visitor is online at http://readysetgorge.com.

Visitors can also use the Columbia River Gorge Visitor Guide brochure to help plan their trip.

Most Oregon trails are in a natural setting. While cougar sightings are rare, hikers can take simple precautions to reduce the chance of a surprise encounter:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Keep those headphones and earbuds stowed until you get home.
  • Travel with a friend.
  • Keep small children nearby.
  • Keep pets leashed.
  • Hike after dawn and return before dusk to avoid the times when cougars are the most active.
  • Carry a deterrent device within quick reach.
  • Respect park warning signs or notices of cougar activity.

And if you do encounter a cougar:

  • Stop. Stay calm. Don't run. Keep a hold of your pets and children.
  • Appear large.
  • Make noise.
  • Fight back if attacked.

Visitors should promptly report any cougar sightings to park officials. More information about the animals is on the ODFW website: dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/cougars.asp

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