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Cougar Sightings

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The Village of Cumberland is warning residents of frequent cougar sightings in the community over the last two weeks.

On March 21st, Village residents discovered a recent cougar kill within the residential area of Kendal Avenue. Sightings have been increasing along Kendal Ave and behind the new fire hall. Additional sightings have also been reported around the area of Ulverston and Royston roads.

These sightings have been reported to the Conservation Officer and warning signs have been installed.

Residents should be aware that cougar sightings are most common during the night and early morning and to take precaution with pets and small children.

To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety call RAPP Hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

If you meet a cougar:

  • Never approach a cougar. Although cougars will normally avoid a confrontation, all cougars are unpredictable. Cougars feeding on a kill may be dangerous.
  • Always give a cougar an avenue of escape.
  • Stay calm. Talk to the cougar in a confident voice.
  • Pick all children up off the ground immediately. Children frighten easily and their rapid movements may provoke an attack.
  • Do not run. Try to back away from the cougar slowly. Sudden movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.
  • Do not turn your back on the cougar. Face the cougar and remain upright.
  • Do all you can to enlarge your image. Don’t crouch down or try to hide. Pick up sticks or branches and wave them about.

If a cougar behaves aggressively:

  • Arm yourself with a large stick, throw rocks, speak loudly and firmly. Convince the cougar that you are a threat not prey.
  • If a cougar attacks, fight back! Many people have survived cougar attacks by fighting back with anything, including rocks, sticks, bare fists, and fishing poles.

Cougars are a vital part of our diverse wildlife. Seeing a cougar should be an exciting and rewarding experience, with both you and the cougar coming away unharmed. However, if you do experience a confrontation with a cougar or feel threatened by one, immediately inform the British Columbia Conservation Foundation at 1-877-952-7277.

Learn more about cougars at WildsafeBC site.

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