Fish and Wildlife are unable to confirm an apparent cougar sighting this morning.
A caller reported it around 9:30, saying they saw the feline through binoculars heading north on Resources Road, not far from the downtown area.
Fish and Wildlife did not discover tracks or any other evidence suggesting a cougar had been in the area.
They remind people to take caution if they spot any wildlife:
– Never approach the cougar or offer it food
– Do not run. Running and rapid movements may trigger an attack. Remember, at close range, cougar’s instinct is to chase
– Face the cougar. Talk to it firmly while slowly backing away. Always leave the animal an escape route.
– Try to appear larger than the cougar
– Do not take your eyes off the cougar or turn your back
– Carry Bear Spray, it is the most effective on Cougars
(Photo courtesy of gov.bc.ca)