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Cougar sightings across the Okanagan this week; learn what to do if it's you

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May 30, 2020 - 10:44 AM

There have been numerous cougar sightings throughout the Okanagan this week, prompting one local government to issue a warning.

Today, according to the District of Lake Country, an area resident was walking their dogs on the trail near Peter Greer when they saw the big cat, seemingly without incident. A similar report of a cougar in West Kelowna's Glenrosa neighbourhood was made yesterday.

It's a frightening prospect, but there are things that can be done to ensure safety, said WildSafe B.C.

WARP records Cougar sightings across the province.
WARP records Cougar sightings across the province.

Those are mainly making yourself big and threatening. If you're attacked by a cougar fight back, don't run away screaming or play dead.

If you notice that 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.


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