Friday, January 23, 2015

Cougar Spotted Near Randerson Ridge School

CTV News reports Nanaimo Cougar Sighting

NANAIMO - A recent cougar sighting near Randerson Ridge School is prompting parents, guardians and children to be more vigilant.

McGirr Elementary School sent a release to parents and caregivers this morning. It serves as a reminder for all locals to be cautious, and gives tips on what to do if you encounter a large cat.

So, what do you do if you spot a cougar?

- Never approach a cougar. They are said to be unpredictable, and can be dangerous if they are feeding on a kill.
- Always give a cougar an escape route.
- Stay calm and speak to the cougar in a confident voice.
- Pick children up off the ground immediately.
- Don't run. Instead, back away slowly. Sudden movements can provoke an attack.
- Don't turn your back on the cat. Face the cougar and stand up tall.
- Do everything you can to increase your size by standing tall, picking up sticks or branches and wave them around.

For students walking to or from school:
- Walk in groups.
- Don't walk through trails and stay on the road.

You can find more information on the Conservation Officer Service here.
If you see a cougar, you're asked to call 1-877-952-7277 and ask for the conservation officer on duty.


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