(Photo by Yvonne and Peter Gillespie)

Warning: This article contains images that may be disturbing to some readers

Cougar sightings are a fairly common occurrence on Vancouver Island, but it’s rare to see one like this!

One Cobble Hill resident shared photos of a stunning wildlife encounter of the feline kind in a Facebook group on Monday, where a cougar can be seen killing its hunt, which looks to be a decent-sized deer.

The large cat can also be seen standing atop its trophy in one photo, almost making eye contact with the camera.

“Of course I feel bad for the deer, but the cat needs to eat,” read the social media post.

According to the post, the unique snapshots were taken from inside the picture-taker’s residence, as to not to disturb the animal during its meal.

Take a look at the incredible photos below:

(Photo by Yvonne and Peter Gillespie)
(Photo by Yvonne and Peter Gillespie)
(Photo by Yvonne and Peter Gillespie)

Of the estimated 4,000 cougars in Canada, 3,500 live in British Columbia. Of this, nearly a quarter reside on Vancouver Island.

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.

 

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