cougar file photo
(File photo)

Victoria police are warning people in Esquimalt once again to be wary of a possible cougar on the loose, after a rash of sightings Thursday evening.

Police first issued a cougar warning for Esquimalt in late August, when residents living near near Saxe Point spotted the cougar in their yard and called police.

Victoria police and military police responded to their call, and a series of others reporting the animal moving east toward Work Point, where the cougar was sighted on DND property.

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Since then, there were no other confirmed sightings and the animal wasn’t caught.

Today, Victoria police issued another warning saying they received three separate cougar sightings in Esquimalt on Thursday night.

The last sighting was on Bewdley Ave, which is in the military housing area. Because of its close proximity to Macaulay Elementary School, officials have decided to close the school fields on the north side of the school today for precautionary measures.

If you see a cougar, you are asked to call 9-1-1.

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