On November 27, 2017, Marion County Parks received a report of an unconfirmed cougar sighting near Joryville Park south of Salem. Parks staff wants to remind everyone, while cougar sightings are rare in densely populated areas, people should remain cautious and vigilant. We recommend extra caution while using parks and trails and refrain from being alone in those areas. Cougars are typically most active from dusk to dawn, although they sometimes travel and hunt during the day and prey on local species such as deer, rabbits, coyotes, small rodents and occasionally pets and livestock.
Anyone who observes a cougar is urged to call 9-1-1 to report it immediately.