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People should ‘strap-up’ before hiking in local woods, warn outdoor experts

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 19th, 2013

The cougar population in Oregon has grown to nearly 6,000 since 1960, when numbers dropped to about 200 because of state bounties and uncontrolled hunting. While cougar and other predators can present a threat to humans, they mainly pose a threat to small livestock and domesticated animals, including dogs and cats. Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson advises residents to secure garbage cans and pet food, and to keep pets inside at night. (Courtesy photo)

NEWPORT — Outdoor experts who know the dense forests of Lincoln County like few others have issued a warning for hikers and others who head into the outback: pack a firearm if you walk, run or bike on the lonely roads that course through the woods.

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