Cougar sighting in Ridgemont by the water reservoir this morning

photo by Wikimedia commons

photo by Wikimedia commons

Monday June 24 11:30 am. A Cougar sighting was reported by a trail runner in Ridgemont by the water reservoir at the top of cemetary bypass trail. Cougars are generally elusive creatures and are most active at dusk and dawn.

Attacks by cougars are rare but can be fatal, especially if young children are involved. In all cases you must fight back as cougar attacks are always predatory and the cougar sees you as a meal. Use rocks, sticks or whatever you have at hand to protect yourself.

If you see a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter. Call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line (1-877-952-7277) to report the incident.
For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com