North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP have issued a warning after a cougar sighting was reported Thursday night in Duncan.
The report said a cougar was seen in the 500-block of Cedar Avenue about 9:30 p.m.
Officers made extensive patrols but the cougar was not located. The public is asked to be vigilant because the sighting was in a populated area, police said.
“Cougar encounters with people are rare but they do happen,” said B.C. RCMP Cpl. Chris Manseau. “Although cougars normally avoid a confrontation, they are unpredictable.
“If you encounter one, stay calm and always give a cougar an avenue of escape.”