While hiking Mt. Hood, Diana Bober, age 55, of Gresham became Oregon’s first fatality attributed to a wild cougar.
Rick Hopkins, a cougar researcher and expert in San Jose, Calif., said there have been fewer than 30 fatal cougar attacks on humans in North America in the past 100 years. Hopkins also stated that it will be extremely difficult for Oregon authorities to find the cougar responsible for the attack, largely because of the length of time since the attack on Bober, who disappeared Aug. 29. Bober’s car was found at the Zigzag Ranger Station on Saturday. Her body was found on the Hunchback Trail near Welches, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Hopkins also said it will be extremely difficult for Oregon authorities to find the cougar responsible for the attack on Bober, largely because of the length of time since the attack on Bober, who disappeared Aug. 29.
The cougar in question could easily have traveled 15 or more miles away, and there could be “15 to 18 cougars” within a 10-mile radius of where she was found, Hopkins said.
“The question becomes, do you take the position that you’re going to kill everything you see in a 10-mile radius?” he said.
Oregon was the last west coast state to be able to claim that it had not suffered a fatal attack from a wild cougar although an employee at a game park in Sherwood suffered a fatality due to a cougar attack in 2013.