On Nov. 8 the Lake Cowichan RCMP released a statement warning the public of recent cougar and bear sightings in the area.
The public warning stems from a cougar sighting on the 7700 block of the Old Cowichan Lake Road. The animal appeared twice on a resident’s sun deck and was unafraid when confronted the property’s owner.
RCMP are concerned because a popular walking trail runs adjacent to where the cougar was spotted near Old Cowichan Lake Road. They advise outdoor enthusiasts to be cautious when traveling in this area.
The RCMP also highlighted the fact that bear sightings have taken an unusual climb in recent weeks.
If confronted by a cougar or bear it is best to not run, as doing so is likely to activate their instinct to attack. Make yourself look as big as possible and slowly back away while making noise. The RCMP also requests that Lake Cowichan citizens remove fruit and garbage from their premises to avoid attracting bears.
Bear and cougar sightings are encouraged to be reported to the Lake Cowichan RCMP or the Conservation Office.