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Cougar spotted in Fairfield this morning, second sighting in area this week

Nov 15 2012
File picture of cougar at Carmanah Lighthouse station on the West Coast Trail. 

File picture of cougar at Carmanah Lighthouse station on the West Coast Trail.

Photograph by: Vancouver Sun , Handout

Children at Sir James Douglas School in Fairfield were ushered inside a little early this morning after a possible cougar sighting in the area.

Victoria police spokesman Const. Mike Russell said there were reports of a possible cougar sighting today at Moss Rock and Ross Bay Cemetary at 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Police are looking into the claim and will call in a conservation officer if the sighting is confirmed to be a cougar.

Nov. 8, a man said he saw a cougar in neighbouring James Bay at Montreal Avenue and Simcoe Street. Nearby James Bay Community School was put on high alert, children were kept indoors during breaks and parents were warned via email. There were no additional reports of a cougar until today.

While urban and residential areas are not common spots for cougars, the big cats are not completely uncommon in this area.

In1989, a young woman was in her James Bay basement suite when a cougar jumped through the window. She hid in the closet before animal-control officers arrived and had to shoot the animal.

In 1992, a cougar wandered into the parkade at the Fairmont Empress Hotel and was tranquilized.

And in James Bay in 1998, a wandering cougar walked through an open door at Scott Plastics. That cougar was also tranquillized.

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