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Cougar spotted in Knox Mountain area of Kelowna

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November 06, 2020 - 10:51 AM

A Kelowna conservation officer is reminding residents we live in cougar country after one was seen in the Knox Mountain area and along Cara Glen Way in the city.

Conservation officer Ken Owens said the cougar sighting was reported yesterday morning, Nov. 6, in Kelowna but it was exhibiting "normal natural behaviour in the forest fringe area within the city."

There is currently no public safety risk but Owens said it's a good reminder cougars live in the area, and people need to be aware and react appropriately. 

READ MORE: Learn what to do if you have a cougar encounter

Seeing a cougar does not mean you are in imminent danger. Watch the cougar’s behaviour and respond accordingly, according to the B.C. Conservation Officers Service.

The service said to pick up small children and do not run as sudden movements may provoke an attack. Back away from the large cat slowly and put space and distance between you and the cougar, according to the service.
Never approach a cougar at any time for any reason especially if it is near a kill or with kittens. Cougars will normally avoid a confrontation and always give it an avenue for escape. Prepare to use bear spray and talk to it in a confident voice and maintain eye contact.

Also make yourself look larger, so do not bend or crouch down, raise your hands and hold your coat open and move to higher ground if possible. If rocks, sticks or other objects are within reach, throw them, according to the service.

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