UPDATE: Conservation officers have captured the cougar. The feline was located up in a tree where officer were able to safely tranquilize and capture the animal. It is being described as young but well-nourished. No info on relocation has been provided yet.
Our duty crews responded to a different type of rescue this evening, members assisted Conservation Officers and @vicpdcanada with the safe lowering of a tranquilized cougar from a tree along the Gorge. The big cat was taken by Conservation Officers for assessment. #yyjnews #iaff pic.twitter.com/F2HdoNWg9s
— Victoria Fire L-730 (@VictoriaFire730) April 27, 2019
Victoria police are warning residents to avoid the 100-block of Gorge Road East after a confirmed cougar sighting in the area Friday afternoon.
As of 3:45 p.m., residents are being advised to avoid area until the feline can be located. Officers are in the area and are attempting to locate the animal.
There have been a number of cougar sightings reported in April and March, including one that was spotted on camera near Royal Roads Thursday.
Anyone who sees the cougar is asked to call 911 immediately.
We currently are in the 100 block of Gorge Rd for a confirmed cougar sighting. The public is being asked to avoid the area. If you see it, call 911.#yyj
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) April 26, 2019