There’s been a jump in cougar sightings on the Sunshine Coast, including reports of attacks on pets.
Kim Drescher is the Wildsafe BC Coordinator for the area.
She says cougars are often more noticeable at this time of year, because their main prey – deer – are having fawns and are wandering into residential areas attracted by spring plants and gardens
Drescher also says word about sightings gets out quickly on social media, which means a single cat can generate lots of reports in a short time, because they can travel dozens of kilometers a day.
Drescher says some cougars will stick around if there’s easy prey. She says cutting down things that attract bears, will also help control populations of the small mammals cougars are after: keep and feed pets inside, supervise children, and have a “plan of action” if you encounter a cougar.
DO NOT RUN.
MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT.
PICK UP SMALL CHILDREN OR PETS.
BACK AWAY SLOWLY WHILE TALKING TO ANIMAL IN A CONFIDENT TONE.
Report sightings to the Conservation Officer Service RAPP line 1-877-952-7277
For more information visit www.wildsafebc.com