Neighbours in the Taylor Arm area spotted a cougar peering in their windows in early April. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Cougars spotted in Sproat Lake neighbourhoods

ACRD director warns residents to keep children, pets close

Sproat Lake regional director Penny Cote is warning people that a cougar or cougars have been sighted in the Taylor Arm area of the lake.

The cougar was first seen on March 30 and again a couple of days later, in the Taylor Arm Drive and Blower Road area.

“I have heard of neighbours missing cats when the cougar was in the area and it was so brave, looking in windows in the day—not afraid,” Cote said.

Cote said conservation officers searched for the cougar and set up a live trap, but thought it had decided to move on.

READ: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve issues cougar warning at Kennedy Lake

READ: Mother hailed as hero in Vancouver Island cougar attack

READ: Two cougars shot after mauling child on Vancouver Island

However, someone sent Cote a message that a cougar had been spotted on McCoy Lake Road Thursday afternoon.

While the immediate danger seems to have passed, Cote said people should still be alert, and keep their small children and pets close by.

“Information of new sightings is very important,” she said. “The cougar may have moved away on its own or the (conservation officers’) dogs may have discouraged it to stay in the area.

“If the cougar returns conservation officers want to know ASAP,” Cote said.

Anyone who sees a cougar in the area should call conservation officers at 1-250-217-3299 and report the sighting.

Just Posted

Victoria Police host Faith-Based Safety Forum in light of recent religious attacks

More than 35 faith-based leaders voice concerns, air questions

Young Nanaimo man dies after losing control of ATV

Accident claimed the life of a 23-year-old south of Nanaimo over the long weekend

Record article sparks return of stolen tonals

Letter writer expressed remorse after reading article describing personal connection to items

Barriers remain to abortion access on Vancouver Island

Experts say transportation, support, doctors can be barriers to accessing abortion

Survey finds 15 per cent of Canadian cannabis users with a valid licence drive within two hours of using

Survey also finds middle-aged men are upping their usage following legalization

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Police stay quiet on downtown fire investigation

The fire at Victoria’s Plaza Hotel was deemed suspicious on May 14

RCMP searching for missing Vancouver Island teenager

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home in Port Alberni

Hundreds call for a clean energy future at Hands Across the Sand event in Tofino

Surfrider Pacific Rim and Friends of Clayoquot Sound team up to host the peaceful gathering

UPDATE: Suspected drunk driver hits line-painting truck on the highway on the Island

Crash happened at 1 a.m. Wednesday on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nanaimo

UPDATED: B.C. man says he’ll take People’s Party lawsuit as far as he can

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Most Read