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Sheriff: Oregon hiker likely killed by cougar

This March 8, 2006, file photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a cougar in the Beulah Wildlife Management Unit in Oregon’s Malheur County. Oregon authorities say a dead hiker whose body was recovered this week was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first verified fatal attack by a wild cougar in the state and the second in the Pacific Northwest this year. Search and rescue teams found the body of Diana Bober, 55, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, off a trail in the Mount Hood National Forest in Welches, Ore. (Brian Wolfer / Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office says a dead hiker was likely killed by a cougar, marking the first verified fatal attack by a wild cougar in Oregon.

A medical examiner said Tuesday 55-year-old Diana Bober’s body had injuries consistent with an attack by a cougar.

DNA samples are being flown by the Oregon State Police to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, for further analysis.

Bober’s body was found Monday in the Mount Hood National Forest in Welches, about 40 miles southeast of Portland.

She had been missing since Aug. 29. Her car was later found at the Zigzag Ranger Station several miles away.

Bober, of Gresham, was an avid hiker who often trekked in the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge areas.