Oregon  is home to cougars, also known as mountain lions. As human development encroaches on their territory, sightings of these large cats become more common. Although they tend to shy away from big people, they’ve been known to attack children and small adults. For this reason, if no other, keep your kids close to the adults when hiking.
Wild “Kiger” mustangs, descendants of horses that the Spanish conquistadores brought to the Americas centuries ago, live on Steens Mountain and are identified by their hooked ears, thin dorsal stripes, two-toned manes, and faint zebra stripes on their legs. Narrow trunks and a short back are other distinguishing physical characteristics. They sometimes can be identified from a distance by the herding instinct bred into them by the Spanish. The Kigers constitute a small percentage of the 2,000 wild mustangs in the state.