A cougar was sighted in the 500 block of Cedar Avenue in Duncan on May 6 at about 9:30 p.m. (Facebook)

A cougar was sighted in the 500 block of Cedar Avenue in Duncan on May 6 at about 9:30 p.m. (Facebook)

Cougar sighted in residential Duncan

Spotted in the Cairnsmore neighbourhood

A cougar has been spotted in the Cairnsmore neighbourhood.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP issued a public warning after photos of the cat circulated on social media and they, along with conservation received calls.

Cougar on the hunt for food in the neighborhood. It was first spotted across Khowhemun school area and then made its way…

Posted by Belinda Pierre on Thursday, May 6, 2021

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Chris Manseau said police were alerted to a sighting near the 500 block of Cedar Avenue in Duncan on May 6 at about 9:30 p.m.

“Members attended the area, made extensive patrols but it was not located and its direction of travel is unknown,” Manseau said.

The cougar did not interact with, or threaten anyone, but RCMP are asking residents to remain vigilant as it’s a populated area.

“Cougar encounters with people are rare, but they do happen,” Manseau said. “Although cougars normally avoid a confrontation, they are unpredictable. If you encounter one, stay calm, and always give a cougar an avenue of escape.”

The BC Conservation Officers Service was contacted and are aware of the incident.

To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety call 1-877-952-7277.

More to come if new information becomes available.



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