Lakeshore Drive residents wake to cougar sighting

A young cougar paid a visit to Penticton's lakeshore park near the Peach Concession this morning.
Image Credit: photo contributed by Brian Yastrenski

PENTICTON - Residents in the area of 100 Lakeshore Drive may have witnessed an unusual sight this morning — a cougar lounging on park grass just east of the Peach Concession at approximately 7:30.

“My wife called me on the way to work and said there was a cougar across the street,” says Penticton resident Brian Yastrenski, who turned around and made his way back to the waterfront in time to snap a few photographs.

Yastrenski believes it was a young cougar. He said two police were at the park ensuring the cat stayed in the park. A conservation officer later tranquilized it and moved it.

Police would not confirm any details, saying a news release would be issued later.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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