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Cougar stops at Vernon nature centre for late night drink

A cougar was caught on the Allan Brooks Nature Centre's night vision camera recently, likely stopping by for a drink out of a nearby pond.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
September 09, 2021 - 12:00 PM

It’s unusual for a cougar to venture into the grasslands surrounding the Allan Brooks Nature Centre in Vernon, but that’s exactly what happened.

The cougar was caught on the nature centre’s night vision camera the night of Sept. 4, likely stopping by for a drink out of the nearby pond, according to a post on the society’s Facebook page.

The society speculates the cougar may have been searching for new habitat.

READ MORE: Cougar spotted wandering around Kelowna neighbourhoods

"This migration may cause animals to wander into human populated areas they would normally avoid,” the Facebook post reads. “We believe this cougar was most likely displaced from the nearby fires and is in desperate search of food and water as it heads towards our pond, looking a bit thin.”

The society goes on to say they are grateful the pond at the nature centre has served as a “much needed water source” for wildlife through the heat waves and wildfires this summer.

The B.C. Ministry of Environment estimates the cougar population at approximately 7,000 animals.

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society

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