–Wild Wise Sooke
Recently reported: a cougar sighted by the Sooke Chevron on the Sooke Road. The Cougar crossed the road and went into the residential area
Cougars are active in this area throughout the year
- Elusive animals that prefer to avoid contact with humans.
- Conflict encounters are uncommon
- Stay safe and keep cougars wild by following these simple guidelines:
Do not attract or feed wildlife.
- Deer, raccoons, mice and rabbits are natural prey and may attract cougars.
- Pet food or birdseed , garbage should be stored inside a secure building to prevent attracting rodents or raccoons
- Keep pets in at night.
- Install motion sensor lights.
- Keep a radio playing
- Be alert and aware when hiking, don’t hike alone And noise i.e. use your voice, keep dogs leashed.
- Look for signs of fresh cougar activity i.e. claw marks on trees , cougars will cover unconsumed portions of their kill with twigs, leaf litter or soil. If you come across a cache, leave the area immediately
- Riding or running quickly and quietly puts you at risk for surprise encounters. Slow down going around blind corners and make noise.
- If you do encounter cougar kittens, do not approach or attempt to pick them up. Leave the area immediately
- Carry bear spray and know how to use it (bear spray,
- Talk to your children and teach them what to do if they encounter a cougar
- Children playing outdoors should play in-groups, children shouldn’t be left unsupervised.
- Make sure children are home before dusk and stay indoors until after dawn-the time cougars are most active.
- Never approach a cougar-Always give a cougar an avenue of escape.
- Stay calm. Talk to the cougar in a confident voice.
- Pick all children up off the ground immediately.
- Do not run or turn your back on the cougar. Face the cougar and remain upright.. Try to back away from the cougar slowly
If a cougar attacks, fight back, convince the cougar you are a threat and not prey, use anything you can as a weapon.
Focus your attack on the cougar’s face and eyes. Use rocks, sticks, bear spray or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat, and are not prey.
Please Contact Conservation Services 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if a cougar poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety.
Debbie Read, Wild Wise Sooke
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