More cougar sightings have been reported — and caught on game cameras — on the edges of Brookings lately, according to local law enforcement.

Many believae the damage done by last year’s Chetco Bar Fire and this year’s Klondike Fire — still burning south and east of Agness — are partially to blame for the predators lurking closer to civilization. It’s also possible they are following deer and other prey that regularly meander into town in the late summer when food gets sparse in the backcountry, wildlife officials said.

A few weeks ago, a big cat was spotted around Harris Beach State Park; officials believe it might be the same one that has been spotted farther up Parkview Avenue. Another was seen by several people in the Azalea Park area earlier this month, as well.

And Tuesday, video footage near Whaleshead Resort 8 miles north of town shows a cat walking down a dirt road. It is possibly the same one that has been caught on camera roaming the neighborhood farther up the hill.

People in those neighborhoods are urged to keep close tabs on children, pets and livestock.

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