Cougar encounter closes Oregon State University Dunn Forest

(Information from: KATU-TV,

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University was forced to close one of its research forests following a report of a cougar in the area.

KATU-TV reported Monday that the Oregon Department of Forestry and Wildlife was conducting a search for the animal in the Dunn Forest using scent-sniffing dogs.

Officials say a visitor reported encountering the cougar Saturday in the forest about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from the university campus in Corvallis.

No injuries were reported.

The forestry and wildlife department was still searching for the animal Monday.

Officials say the Oregon State Police Fish & Game unit was also alerted.