Cougar Kills Oregon Woman

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Authorities say a missing Oregon hiker that was found dead in the Mount Hood National Forest area this week was likely killed by a cougar. Wildlife officials say they believe it is the first fatal wild cougar attack in the state. 

“This does have every indication that this is the first fatal attack of a human by a cougar in Oregon," Brian Wolfer, watershed manager with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, told KGW8.

The body of Diana Bober, of Gresham, was found on Monday off the Hunchback Trail in Welches. The 55-year-old woman was reported missing on Aug. 29. The trail has since been closed. 

Bober's sister, Alison Bober, told KGW, "She had a sharp object she used. She had mace, she had a stick so the evidence is clear she fought hard."

Wildlife officers will attempt to kill the cougar responsible for the attack. There are currently approximately 6,600 cougars in Oregon. 

“This is an unprecedented event in Oregon," Wolfer said. "We are asking people to avoid this area while we attempt to remove this cougar. We don’t know what risk it poses to the public.”

Bober's family had reported her missing after the avid hiker didn't return home. 

"There's peace for us knowing what happened but there's a peace knowing she lived her life her way and she loved being in the outdoors," sister Alison Bober said.

Cougar attacks are extremely rare, but they do occassionally happen. A cougar killed a mountain biker in Washington this past May.

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