Date: December 21, 2021
An encounter with a cougar today in Saanich serves as a good reminder to be aware of these large animals, especially if you live in rural areas of the municipality.
On Tuesday December 21, 2021 at approximately 2:30 pm a homeowner was alerted to a cougar on his driveway at the south end of Bear Hill Park. The dog, a large Husky, charged at the cougar but was quickly recalled by his owner. The cougar fled after the homeowner yelled at it. The dog was not injured.
We share the environment with large animals such as cougars and bears so residents must take into consideration that encounters with these animals are very likely. Please 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.
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer