Dogs get between cougars and people during two Osoyoos encounters

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OSOYOOS - Two people encountering cougars in Osoyoos were fortunate to be with their dogs when the chance meetings occurred.

A cougar was spotted near Magnolia Place (Destiny Beach) on Monday, Sept. 29 around 8:30 p.m.

The cougar was chased off by a dog who came back injured but with blood on his mouth, according to an RCMP media release. 

Another sighting was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 30 around 11:30 p.m. near the East Bench at 39 Street and 38 Avenue. A woman was walking her dog in this area when she
encountered a cougar right in front of her. The cougar stood its ground, growling for approximately 15 minutes. RCMP say it retreated after stones were thrown at it.

Mounties have notified nearby schools and B.C. Conservation Services.

Police are asking all residents to take care and be vigilant when walking especially with young children and pets.

Please report any further sightings to 911 or the Osoyoos RCMP at 250-495-7236.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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