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Cougar next to a daycare was one of two shot in Lake Country yesterday

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March 28, 2013 - 2:44 PM

Two cougars were shot yesterday in Lake Country - one outside the daycare at Winfield Boys and Girls Club on Berry Road - the other in Oyama.

The animal discovered outside the daycare was reported to be watching the children from the branches of a pine tree.

Care providers moved the children safely indoors and called for a conservation officer to remove the predator from the area.

Nobody was harmed in either incident.

The Ministry of Environment offers tips to deal with a cougar encounter. To help keep children safe they say:

  • Cougars seem to be attracted to children, possibly because of their high-pitched voices, small size and erratic movements; these character traits may make it difficult for cougars to identify children as humans and not prey.
  • Talk to your children and teach them what to do if they encounter a cougar.
  • Children playing outdoors should play in-groups.  Children shouldn't be left unsupervised.
  • Consider getting a dog or using a dog as an early warning system.  A dog can see, smell and hear a cougar sooner than a human.
  • Consider erecting a fence around play areas.
  • Keep a radio playing
  • Make sure children are home before dusk and stay indoors until after dawn - the period of time cougars are most active.
  • If there have been cougar sightings, escort children to the bus stop early in the morning.  Clear shrubs away from around the bus stops, making a radial area of ~ 9 metres.
  • Having a light installed at the bus stop will also increase security.
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