PORTLAND — A cougar was spotted Monday near the Mt. Hood Community College campus in Gresham, outside Portland, but officials say there is no threat to the public.

The big cat was seen by a Metro employee near the school, according to FOX 12, but the animal ran off soon after it was spotted.

State wildlife officials told FOX 12 the animal is not considered a threat because it left as soon as it was seen and no small pets have been reported missing in the area.

In October, a hiker was killed by a mountain lion on the southwestern flank of Mount Hood, the first reported death by a cougar in the state. Earlier last year, a mountain biker was fatally attacked in Washington.

Diana Bober’s body was discovered about 300 feet off the Hunchback Trail in the Mount Hood National Forest and down a steep incline, records released this week show.

Still, experts say that the vast majority of cougars pose no threat to humans and, given a choice, would avoid all contact with people.

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Nonetheless, officials from the school urged caution after the recent sighting and asked anyone who sees a cougar to call 911.

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