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Sidney-North Saanich RCMP alert public of cougar sightings

Dec 05 2011

There have been several sightings of a cougar reported in the Saanich Peninsula, especially North Saanich, in the last few days.

Sidney-North Saanich RCMP have alerted the school district and conservation officers and are warning the public to be aware.

“All of these sightings are in the same general area of each other and it is believed to be the same cougar,” said Cpl. Chris Swain, in a news release.

On Sunday, a cougar was observed on Eagle Way, and then shortly afterwards on Elderberry.

On Friday, a cougar was spotted near West Saanich Road and Tatlow Road, and then on Osprey — near the first sighting.

On Thursday night, Dec.1, a cougar was observed near Hillgrove and Sumac in North Saanich.

The RCMP was called each time but a cougar was never found, police said.

“Residents are encouraged to keep a close eye on children and pets,” Swain said.

For more information, visit the Conservation Service of B.C.’s website for what to do in an encounter with a big cat: www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/info/wildlife_human_interaction/docs/cougars.html