Cougar
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Students that walk home from several Sooke schools are being held on campus until they can be picked up, after a cougar was spotted in the area.

At around 2 p.m. this afternoon, a cougar was sighted in the area between Ecole Poirier Elementary School and Journey Middle School in Sooke.

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In an email to families, the Sooke School District advised that all students in the area who walk home will be kept on campus until they can be picked up, or until the school hears back from guardians regarding their wishes.

“With an abundance of caution, we are informing our school families that there has been a cougar sighting in the area between Journey and Poirier,” reads the email.

Students who travel by bus will be dropped home as per the usual schedule. All bus drivers and staff have also been made aware of the situation.