UPDATE: City of Penticton rescinds cougar warning

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PENTICTON - The discovery of a dead dog earlier this week, and unconfirmed cougar sightings, prompted a warning on the city’s Facebook page yesterday, Nov. 23.

There were two suspected cougar sightings, one in the Ellis Creek area and one near the Wholesale Club on Carmi Avenue.

The City has since concluded, based on further investigation, there is no cougar present.

City spokesperson Phillip Cooper says city work crews discovered a dead dog Tuesday night, Nov. 21, and there were fears the animal was attacked by a cougar. He says the city did not wish to take chances and issued the cougar warning.

Conservation officer Mike Stern says the dog's wounds were not consistant with a cougar or coyote attack.

“It was a deep wound to the dog’s rear end. The dog might have been in a situation with a deer, and the deer might have poked it, if it was buck,” Stern says.

Stern says conservation didn't receive any reports about cougar sightings in Penticton yesterday.

— This story was updated 10:30 a.m. Nov. 23, 2017 to include information from the B.C. Conservation Officer Service and the City of Penticton.


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