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  1. Thanks for the info. There seems to have been a LOT of cougar sightings in the same Maple/Grant area in recent years. It can be a bit nerve wracking letting my big, old dog out… or going to get the mail. I’ve never actually seen one yet though… yet. :/

  2. Hey I’ve hunted all my life and never seen one. Except for the glimpse of one dart across the road in front of us by the museums years ago. Wife saw it only reason if it was for her I wouldn’t had a clue what just crossed out the corner of my eye. I’ve had one stalking me couple years ago out hunting had no idea until I meet up with a couple people saw it head for me but had know idea I was there. Same with wolves very rare to see but had two cross at harbour view back in Oct Nov. At 1230am on the way home. Alot around us just need to pay attention when walking and always look back often

  3. Attractants

    Cougars are wide ranging animals and may show up in urban settings from time to time. If they are passing through it is important they do not find prey items that may encourage them to stay.

    • Feed pets indoors, or if fed outdoors, bring in any uneaten food as the smell of pet food may attract cougars in addition to the pets (potential prey) themselves.

    • Keep your pets indoors, especially at night. Cats and small dogs that are left to free-range can become easy prey targets.

    • Bird feeders can attract cougars. If the ground below the feeder is not kept clear, seeds can accumulate, attracting rodents and, in turn, attracting cougars that feed on the rodents and other animals such as deer that are brought in by the bird feed.

    • If you keep chickens or small livestock use a properly installed and maintained electric fence. Store all your feed in a secure location and ensure feeding areas are clean and free of attractants (again, the feed attracts rodents and the rodents, in turn, can attract other predators and cougars).

    • Never feed deer or other possible prey species for cougars. While deer may be pleasant to watch, they can attract large predators into residential neighbourhoods. As well, urban deer present their own set of problems to you and your neighbours.

    • Sure wish my neighbours wouldn’t feed the deer apple slices. I don’t think they realize that they are attracting the predators who follow the deer. And I’m on Grant ! (By Maple ) 🙁

    • Holly, there’s a new bylaw just passed in Sooke. It is against the law to feed wild animas in Sooke. No one should be feeding deer. That’s why you have cougars!!!! Call the municipal office !

  4. Attractants

    Cougars are wide ranging animals and may show up in urban settings from time to time. If they are passing through it is important they do not find prey items that may encourage them to stay.

    • Feed pets indoors, or if fed outdoors, bring in any uneaten food as the smell of pet food may attract cougars in addition to the pets (potential prey) themselves.

    • Keep your pets indoors, especially at night. Cats and small dogs that are left to free-range can become easy prey targets.

    • Bird feeders can attract cougars. If the ground below the feeder is not kept clear, seeds can accumulate, attracting rodents and, in turn, attracting cougars that feed on the rodents and other animals such as deer that are brought in by the bird feed.

    • If you keep chickens or small livestock use a properly installed and maintained electric fence. Store all your feed in a secure location and ensure feeding areas are clean and free of attractants (again, the feed attracts rodents and the rodents, in turn, can attract other predators and cougars).

    • Never feed deer or other possible prey species for cougars. While deer may be pleasant to watch, they can attract large predators into residential neighbourhoods. As well, urban deer present their own set of problems to you and your neighbours.

  5. please please don’t feed the deer. You may think you are doing something cute and sweet but by attracting the deer to hang around so you can look at them is also attracting the predators…. cougars !
    Deer are their prey and they follow their paths. To attract deer is to attract cougars. Think again “dear” neighbours….