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Big Game Hunting

Oregon has about 6,000 cougars statewide, up from an estimated 200 in the late 1960s.
Cougars are found in all suitable habitat in Oregon and their population is now very healthy.

Features: Oregon is home to more than 6,000 cougars, or mountain lions. Cougars are the largest members of the cat family found in the state and tend to be solitary, except for females raising young. Males in particular are very territorial.

Habitat: Cougars are throughout Oregon, with concentrations in the Cascade Range and Blue Mountains. Lately, more cougars are being seen in northwest Oregon including the suburbs of Portland.

Techniques: Hunting is open statewide under a general season all year, or until zone quotas are met. Most cougars in Oregon are taken while hunters are out pursuing other species like deer and elk. Hunters targeting cougar often use predator calls and tracking in snow to find them.