The Saanich Police Department has received three reports of cougar sightings in three days. (Black Press Media file photo)

Three cougar sightings in three days in Saanich

Saanich Police warn the public to be vigilant

The Saanich Police Department has received three reports of cougar sightings in the last three days, with the latest Tuesday morning.

The first call came in at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, from a resident on Queenswood Drive. He witnessed a cougar on his property attack a deer before it was scared off by him and his family. After the cougar fled, the deer was able to get up and walk away.

READ MORE: Saanich homeowner scares off cougar taking down deer in Cadboro Bay

Police attended the call but were not able to locate the cougar.

The second call came into police at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Monday. A man was walking around Rithets Bog off Chatterton Way and reported seeing what he first thought was a dog walking through the conservation area. However, based on the animal’s low profile and movement, the man know believes it was a cougar.

The animal was not aggressive and paid no attention to him as he passed.

The third call came in early Tuesday morning. Just before 2 a.m. a resident in the area of Hillcrest Avenue and King Alfred Court saw a cougar run into the bushes.

Police were not able to locate the cougar.

BC Conservation Officer Service has been notified of the sightings.

With spring break and warm weather, police are asking the public to be aware of these sightings and know what to do if they encounter a cougar.

If you are inside when you see a cougar, remain inside. Ensure the rest of your family – including children and pets – also come indoors. If you are outside, stay calm and make yourself as big as possible. If you have small children or pets with you, pick them up. Back away slowly from the animal while keeping watch.

If the animal is aggressive or attacks you, fight back while making as much noise as possible. Police note all aggressive encounters must be reported immediately.

Members of the public are asked to phone their local police department or conservation at 1-877-952-7277 to report a sighting or encounter with a cougar.

More information is available at wildsafebc.com.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Saanich Police Department

Just Posted

Cobble Hill man dies in ATV accident south of Nanaimo

Incident happened on backroad Friday night in Nanaimo Lakes area

23 to 25 per cent of Island tourism businesses expected to close for good due to COVID-19

New program aims to help as many as possible survive through the summer

Camosun College shares free design of medical-grade face masks

Manufacturers across Canada, United States and UK have inquired

Group looks to create offroad trail network throughout Greater Victoria

Nature Trail Society partners with private landowners to make ‘loops’

Long wait to reopen is over for Vancouver Island gyms

Fitness centre owners taking safety measures they expect to be in place for some time

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

Saanich police see spike in excessive speeding compared to previous years

Nearly 100 excessive speeders caught since January 2020

Telegraph Cove Resort will open June 1 to self-contained campers only

Washrooms, showers and all other amenities will remain closed for now

Most Read