Residents of Metro Vancouver’s Tri Cities space are being urged to maintain their pets on a leash, after a cougar attacked a small canine in Coquitlam.
The incident occurred Tuesday night time within the Scott Creek space, and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service stated it was simply the newest in a collection of cougar sightings and pet confrontations in Coquitlam, Port Moody and Anmore.
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“A person reported a cougar grabbing one among his three small canine which have been off-leash outdoors his Nash Drive house,” the service stated in a Fb submit.
“The cougar ran off with the canine however dropped it a brief distance away after the proprietor chased it and was capable of scare it off.”
The canine is receiving veterinary remedy for chew wounds, however is anticipated to outlive.
The Conservation Officer Service has posted warning signage within the space and is monitoring the scenario.
There have been no stories of the large cats appearing aggressively in the direction of people, it stated, however warned that cougars are recognized to focus on cats and small canine as prey.
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“Cougar sightings in greenbelt areas are widespread throughout the Decrease Mainland,” it stated.
“In the event you spot a cougar close to your house it’s almost definitely passing by means of the neighbourhood and can transfer on. It’s suggested to carry youngsters and pets inside.”
The service additionally advises folks to not go away pet meals or hen seed outdoors which can appeal to smaller animals corresponding to raccoons and squirrels which cougars can prey on.
You will discover extra tips about cougar safety here.
Anybody who believes a cougar is frequenting their neighbourhood or is killing pets or appearing aggressively is requested to name the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.
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