Alysha Sifford

Woman Alarmed After Spotting Giant 'Cougar' Lounging On Neighbor's Roof

caitlyn.clancey 15 Sep 2019

Personally, the worst thing I've ever spotted on a neighbor's roof is Christmas lights in the middle of July. But I think it's safe to say this story really puts that "horror" of a sighting into perspective.

An Oregon woman was recently treated to the shock of a lifetime when she spotted what appeared to be a wild cougar lounging on her neighbor's garage roof for a little midday lie-down, LADBible reported.

Of course, things aren't always quite what they seem.

Alysha Sifford spied the ferocious cat when she went outside for a cigarette.

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"I saw it staring right at me," she told KMTR. "He or she looked mad."

Well of course. Wouldn't you be? Clearly this cougar has found its way up onto a roof expecting a relaxing perch and instead found itself having to deal with neighbors. Ugh.

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Despite the situation, Sifford said she wasn't actually scared of the giant cougar staring at her from across the street.

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"It stayed on the roof and watched me for a minute," she said. I'm not afraid personally, just alarmed."

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I'm sure it was definitely a surprising sight to say the least.

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I think my reaction would be something more akin to fleeing for my life, maybe throwing in a few ill-advised screams here and there, but simply feeling "alarmed" works too, I guess.

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After word got out about the cougar, local media picked up the story and warned residents to be on the look out.

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Of course, their fear was justified. Oregon is home to an estimated 6,600 cougars.

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However, one person wasn't feeling very frightened whatsoever by the news.

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Sifford's neighbor, John Forrest who also happens to be homeowner of that garage the "cougar" took a little lie-down atop of, actually laughed when he heard the story.

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As it turns out, the so-called "cougar" is actually a fake lion. His fake lion, to be exact.

John Forrest

"It's my resin lion," Forrest admitted. "We thought it was kind of cool so we mounted it on the roof."

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T'was all a big prank.

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As it turns out, the lion was actually a marketing gimmick to promote Treasures Trondhjem, an antique business he runs out of his garage.

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The lion really spooked people, and even had one woman terrified enough to call the police.

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"One lady was screaming at me not to come out of the garage because there is a cougar on the roof," Forrest said.

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Though he has had to, uh, clarify some things publicly.

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He added that he has since posted a picture of the plastic lion on his Facebook page so people know it's all part of his business, and that it's definitely safe to come towards his home.

h/t: LADBible, KMTR

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