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In-town cougar sighting leaves residents edgy


September 20, 2017

ERIC VON LADAU, with his dog, indicates where he saw a cougar along his back fence off Foothills Drive.

Waiting for his coffee to finish brewing, Eric J. von Ladau was leaning against the frame of the sliding glass door that leads to his backyard on Foothills Drive in Sweet Home when he watched a cougar walking along his fence at about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 10.

The wind was blowing away from the mountain lion toward him, von Ladau said, so the cougar didn’t notice him.

“I looked at him for a couple of seconds,” von Ladau said. “With all the aggression I had in me, I charged him.”

The cat took off directly away from him into the woods.

Von Ladau’s fence borders the Hobart Nature...

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