Cougar foot prints in Rockford Community

Rockford resident finds proof of cougar on property

March 22, 2012 // 0 Comments

Carson Clay, who lives near Blythefield Country Club awoke to a surprise in the snow last month. He reports that he lives on a heavily wooded ridge near the Rogue River. On February 27, his wife and granddaughter came upon large tracks in the snow south of Rockford. They were heading north (upstream) on the east bank of the Rogue River near the country club. “They had our black Labrador with them on a leash,” Clay stated. “Upon returning home, she informed my sons and they both went out to trace the path in the snow where she had just walked. They soon came upon and followed the tracks.” Mike, the youngest, also took pictures of the very clear imprints next to his size 12 boot. He then took the pictures back home and pulled up a web site to make a comparison of what they were. The tracks were approximately the same width or wider and half the length of his boot. The family identified them as the tracks of a mountain lion. The family’s oldest son, Andy, had continued to follow the animal’s trail. When he returned, he said it had circled around, crossed to the west on a walking bridge that spans about 120 feet of the river, then headed south to West River Drive. The tracks crossed the four-lane highway there and went on to the grounds of the Grand Rogue Campground and Water Sports at the junction where the Rogue runs into the Grand River. “After that, he lost the tracks,” Clay said. About a month prior to seeing the tracks, Andy, an avid fisherman, had spotted a dead deer in the Rogue River. He had called the DNR and later they sent an officer out to investigate. They both put chest waders on and together pulled the carcass across the river to an island. It had been shot by an arrow and apparently had died as it tried to cross the river. Andy said it would be questionable to skin the deer for its meat as it had been out there for at least two or three days, so they left it on the island for carrion animals. “It’s my feeling that the cougar must have been feeding on […]