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OREGON WILDLIFE OFFICIALS TO HUNT FOR 'KILLER COUGAR'

Wildlife officers are on the trail of a cougar believed to have killed 55-year-old hiker Diana Dober, whose body was found near Mt. Hood on Monday.

Posted: Wed Sep 12 18:56:25 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Sep 12 18:56:26 PDT 2018

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up to a story we balkenbush is live at the national fish and wildlife forensic lab right now. she tells us how the lab is helping to get those answers. investigators up in clackamas county have sent d-n-a from that attack here to this lab in ashland. it's just like a police crime lab.. except the evidence comes from top predators like bears and cougars. the director tells me there's a reason they are the ones for the job. [a40]cougar kills woman-pkg "we've got the databases." forensic lab director ken goddard says the scientists here know what they're doing, and have the tools to "we've got the databases." forensic lab director ken goddard says the scientists here know what they're doing, and have the tools to do it. "we have the ability to individualize a lot of different species like cougars, like bears like wolves, because we know so much about them." he says that's the key to figuring out exactly what killed diana bober. it's not a type of case they deal with a lot.. in fact, goddard only remembers helping with a fatal animal attack 3 other times since the lab started in the 1980s. "it's almost never a human death, we worked on grizzly bear kills of humans." but never a death involving a cougar. that makes it a top priority case. they'll use d-n-a like blood, tissue and hair to nail down what the animal was. he says the rarity of this attack makes it a top priority case. which he doesn't expect to take a very long time. hoping to send back results later this week. fish and wildlife managers say while it is rare to see a cougar.. southern oregon has a lot of them. if you do come across one, don't run. you'll want to make yourself look as big as possible and look it in the eye. from there, back away slowly and give the animal a lot of room. once scientists here have confirmed the animal in the attack.. they'll send those results back to the sheriff's office, which will help wildlife managers capture and kill right cougar to keep the community safe. reporting live in ashland, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12. head to our website, kdrv.com,
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