Presumably for hitting on too many young studs at the local bar. Oh, wait...it was the large feline version. Well, carry on, then.
The media made a huge fuss about it because - well, it was in Portland! So what? As one commenter from eastern Oregon put it:
Interesting to see all the media coverage of the cougar sightings in the metropolis of Oregon where the residents a few years ago voted to control the ways cougar could be hunted. Soon to follow, the rural areas of the state were inundated with an overpopulation of cougars as a result. Rural Oregonians were told to learn to live with the cougars who outnumbered what their natural habitat could maintain and were encroaching into areas they normally did not occupy. Now several years later there are cougar sightings in that same metropolis and everyone is up in arms and concerned about their safety. No one was concerned about rural Oregonians' safety when the problem was in our backyard.
It may sound terrible, but then, the truth often does. Today, instead of collecting fees from hunters who want to go after cougar, we pay hunters selected by ODFW to go after "problem animals". Gotta love Willamette Valley "logic"!