Another cougar sighting in Saanich

Yet another cougar sighting has been reported in Saanich, this one coming about 4 a.m. Friday in the Arbutus Road area of Saanich.

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said there is a lot of potential prey there for cougars.

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“We know there’s big resident herd of deer in that area. That’s likely what they’re going after.”

Jantzen said cougars are wide-ranging and it is not known if just one or a number of the animals have been involved in the recent sightings. At least three sightings were reported late Wednesday and early Thursday — one in Central Saanich, one on Blenkinsop Road and one on Quadra Street near McKenzie Avenue.

Sightings also came Tuesday night on Seamist Place in Cordova Bay and Wednesday morning on Battleford Avenue near Tillicum Road and the Trans-Canada Highway.

Safety guidelines from the Ministry of Environment

If you meet a cougar:

If a cougar behaves aggressively:

For a complete safety guide go to:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/cougsf.htm

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