Saanich Police are advising residents to be aware of a cougar that was spotted in Gordon Head on Thursday afternoon.
According to Sgt. Julie Fast, the wild cat was sighted on San Lorenzo Ave at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th.
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- There have been three cougar sightings in Saanich over the past three days
As of the time of publication, police and conservation officers are attempting to locate the cougar with the help of a tracking dog. Their current location is unknown.
Police are advising residents in the area to bring children and pets indoors for the duration of the search.
A cougar has been spotted in Gordon Head this afternoon. Conservation & police are in the area attempting to track it. Consider bringing kids & small pets inside. Call police if you see it. #cougarsighting
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) March 28, 2019
Last week, a cougar was spotted about a block away from San Lorenzo Ave, in the area of Hillcrest Avenue and King Alfred Court.
If you see a cougar in your area, contact your local police detachment.
What to do if you encounter 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 cougar attacks, fight back! Many people have survived cougar attacks by fighting back with anything, including rocks, sticks, bare fists, and fishing poles.