Kamloops hiker gets rare, close-up look at cougar
Ashley Gribble snapped this photo of a cougar in the tree above her while on a hike near McConnell Lake in the Kamloops area, Tuesday, May 13, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Ashley Gribble
May 13, 2020 - 11:21 AM
A Kamloops hiker enjoying the warm weather yesterday found herself looking directly at a cougar.
Ashley Gribble was on a hike with her dogs on Crown land near McConnell Lake yesterday, May 13, when she noticed the big cat perched in a tree.
For Gribble, this was a moment of deja vu.
Last May, she came face to face with a black bear near Isobel Lake. The bear followed her and later attacked one of her dogs.
She says yesterday's encounter with a cougar was much more positive, and she and her dogs exited the area quickly.
According to WildSafeBC, the carnivorous cats use a "spot and stalk" hunting method, and are very seldom seen by hikers.
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