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In One Ear: Cougar drum song

Large cat enters house, takes a nap
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 27, 2018 12:01AM

An Ashland woman’s Facebook post about her encounter with a cougar in her living room ( has been picked up by the news media — not just because it’s unusual enough to have a large wild animal decide to take a snooze behind your couch, but because of how Lauren Taylor decided to handle the situation.

The cat, who wandered in through an open door, wound up behind the couch after being startled by Lauren’s housemate. Once there, she settled in for a nice, cozy nap — for six hours. Lauren went outside and took the photos shown (and several others) through the window behind the couch, and when the cat woke up for a minute, Lauren “communicated using feline-speak eye blinking to calm her,” which she said was reciprocated. Which is all very nice, but the cat seriously needed to leave.

“I sent telepathic pictures of the routes out of the house via open doors and the route out the backyard, across the creek, through an open field, and back up into the hills,” Lauren wrote. “We got guidance that the way to rouse her and get her to leave … was through drumming.”

The cat apparently agreed, as she strolled out and headed for the hills. Where she will hopefully stay.


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