Evidence indicates Penticton dog attacked by deer, not cougar

A report of a Penticton dog being attacked by a cougar yesterday, Nov. 25 appears to have been the work of an aggressive deer according to the B.C. Conservation Service.

PENTICTON - A Penticton resident’s pet was subject to an encounter with a wild animal yesterday — but was it a predator?

Penticton conservation officer Dave Cox says his fellow officer Jeff Hanratty investigated a report of a dog encountering a cougar on Marina Way at approximately 1:30 p.m., Nov. 25.

After meeting with the dog’s owner and looking over the dog, Hanratty says deer hair was found on the pet, indicating a possible altercation with one the city’s resident deer.

No evidence was found suggesting the dog was attacked by a cougar.

Cox says no one actually saw the encounter and there have been no additional sightings or incidences in the area since.

He says they will continue to monitor the situation.

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