Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Cougar sighting at Thetis Lake prompts warning by West Shore RCMP


A cougar warning has been issued for Thetis Lake Regional Park following a sighting Tuesday evening. 

Just after 7 p.m., on August 2nd, a woman reported a cougar popped out along the trail and followed her, while she walked her dogs along the trail. 

The woman remained calm, made lots of noise and was able to safely return to her vehicle.

West Shore RCMP officers attended  and patrolled the area for the cougar however were unable to locate the cat. 

The BC Conservation Officer Service has been notified.

If you encounter a cougar, remember the following:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially if you live in rural areas
  • Keep an eye on your pets when outside or keep them on a leash when possible
  • Limit food sources such as garbage, food scraps or compost outside that may be attractants
  • Call the BC Conservation Officer Service if a cougar is seen in an urban area, if it cannot be easily scared off, or if the animal is near an urban park or school during the day

You can read more information on cougars and cougar sightings here.

If you see a cougar near an urban area, or have a wildlife safety concern, you are asked to call the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277. 

In an emergency situation, where the animal poses an immediate risk to human safety, call 911.

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