Missing hiker found in ravine likely killed by cougar, in first such attack in Oregon
55-year-old Diana Bober, an experienced hiker, was last seen on August 29, when she had reportedly set out for a hike on Oregon mountain’s famous Hunchback Trail
Police said a 55-year-old woman found found at the bottom of a ravine in Oregon on Monday was likely killed by a wild cougar, reports said. According to People magazine, officers said it was the first death of its kind that has ever been reported in Oregon.
Diana Bober, an experienced hiker, was last seen on August 29, when she had reportedly set out for a hike on Oregon mountain’s famous Hunchback Trail, according to ABC News. On Monday, police found her dead at the bottom of a 200-foot ravine after her car was reportedly discovered abandned in a parking lot.
The publication also reported that two hikers claimed to have found her backpack.
“I want to tell you that Diana Bober’s autopsy was today. It was determined that she died of an apparent animal attack,” Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said in a press conference on Tuesday. “Her injuries are indicative of what experts believe to be that of a cougar. We’re waiting for final confirmation of what type of animal was responsible for this attack.”
The Vehicle belonging to Diana Bober, a missing person out of Gresham, has been located in the Zig Zag area. Anyone with information is urged to call the Clackamas County non-emergency number at 503-655-8211. An active search is underway in the area and will continue tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/HwKVyrc1yz— Mountain Wave SAR (@MountainWaveSAR) September 9, 2018
Bober's out of the state relatives reported her going missing when they did not hear from her since August 29. The family told the publication that she was an avid hiker who loved the outdoors.
“She would go hiking several times a week,” said Bober’s sister, Alison Bober. “She was very independent and always felt very safe on the trails. Alison lives in Virginia, and she told the publication that her sister fought the cougar, adding that “although [Bober] died of her wounds, the wild animal didn’t come back to her.”
She also revealed that her sister did all she could to survive, and even took to fighting off the animal with a sharp object, a stick and repellant spray. “She was petite, but she was strong,” Alison said of her sister’s 5-foot-4 frame.
Brian Wolfer of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said at a news conference on Wednesday that officials aren’t looking to “kill a large number of cougars.” He, however, acknowledged that a lot of people might die in the search for the one that attacked Bober.
However, Alison declared that the fact that cougars could be killed “would grieve my sister,” but noted to that she would definitely lend her support to whatever approach wildlife officials decide to take.
Bober was the first known person to be killed by a cougar in the wild in Oregon, which is home to about 6,600 cougars. Wildlife officials said they hope to find and kill the cougar and check for a DNA match with that left on Bober, said the publication.
Advise on what to do if you encounter a cougar: pic.twitter.com/TPZePToPbg— Mountain Wave SAR (@MountainWaveSAR) September 11, 2018