Lebanon resident Josh Edwards was stunned when he looked out his window early morning on Dec. 10.
At about 4:30 a.m., Edwards was awakened by his infant son. When Edwards looked out his window, like he does every day, there was a bobcat walking on the snow covered lawn, near Rose and 10th street.
“I went out to look where it went and didn’t see it,” Edwards said. “When I turned around towards the driveway, there it was, facing me.”
When Edwards tried to scare it off, he said that it hissed and growled at him.
“I was inside when I saw and heard it growling and hissing at him,” said Meagan Edwards, his wife. She went to the door to see what the noise was and that’s when she saw it too.
Edwards filed a police report the same day with the Lebanon Police Department. He wanted to ensure there was a record of what he saw.
According to the follow up police report, the officer noted that the tracks were more consistent with those of a dog.
Other neighbors had similar tracks in the snow. The tracks in the undisturbed snow were singular and in almost a straight line.
“You can see the tracks in the snow where it went to the fence and jumped over,” said Ailene Eby, a resident in the same area.
She pointed out the same single set of tracks that led up to a three foot fence chain link fence, and then on the other side.
“There is something going on. I have a bird feeder out and the birds aren’t coming around like they normally do,” Eby said.
Eby explained that she usually has to fill the feeder everyday and lately the feeder has only been half empty.
The Lebanon Police Department hasn’t had any further reports of a bobcat sighting and there have been no reports of missing animals.
The Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife hasn't received any reports of a bobcat in the Lebanon area, according to Ron Anglin, wildlife division administrator.
According to ODFW, it is recommended that if a bobcat or other large predator is sighted, that residents take precautions by keeping small animals indoors, especially at night. If the predator feels cornered or boxed in, they will do whatever they feel is necessary to escape.
If anyone sees a predator, the best advice is to keep your distance and try and take a picture.
For further information about avoidance and what to do for a predatory animal visit the ODFW web site at www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/living_with/
To report a sighting, contact ODFW at 541-757-4186.
For immediate response to an encounter contact LPD at 541-451-1751 .