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Cougar warning issued in Lake Country

A cougar was sighted this past weekend in the Carr's Landing area of Lake Country.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/District of Lake Country

A cougar was spotted this past weekend in the Juniper Cove area of Carr’s Landing in Lake Country.

A Facebook post on the District of Lake Country’s page warns residents that cougars can range over 50 kilometres in a single day and finding prey animals may encourage them to stay around.

“Keep your pets indoors, especially at night,” the District states, crediting the information to WildSafeBC. “Cats and small dogs that are left to free-range can become easy prey targets."

“Bird feeders can attract cougars. If the ground below the feeder is not kept clear, seeds can accumulate, attracting rodents and, in turn, attracting cougars that feed on the rodents and other animals such as deer that are brought in by the bird feed."

“If you keep chickens or small livestock use a properly installed and maintained electric fence. Store all your feed in a secure location and ensure feeding areas are clean and free of attractants (again, the feed attracts rodents and the rodents, in turn, can attract other predators and cougars).”

More information on cougars is available on the WildsafeBC website here.

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