BC conservation says dead deer found in Esquimalt ‘not killed by a cougar’

BC conservation says dead deer found in Esquimalt 'not killed by a cougar'

WATCH: BC Conservation says dead deer found in Esquimalt Friday was not killed by a cougar. It comes after an alert was issued by police. Isabelle Raghem reports. 

Esquimalt residents Peter and Carol Ramsay say they were shocked when they discovered a freshly killed deer on their Lampson St. property Friday afternoon.

“I’m not gonna go out in the backyard for a while, let’s put it that way,” said 79-year-old Carol Ramsay Saturday.

The couple reported the dead deer to BC Conservation and Victoria police, believing a cougar had killed it.

But Saturday afternoon, a Spokesperson for the BC Conservation Office Service told Chek News:

“The COS attended this morning to verify how the deer in Esquimalt died. It was not killed by a cougar.”

It comes a day after Victoria police issued an alert, asking residents watch out for a cougar after the dead deer was found Friday afternoon.

Bowen Osoko, spokesman for the Victoria Police Department, said Friday, ?the deer was quite clearly killed by a large animal.?

The cougar had not been seen but Osoko said police were asking Esquimalt residents to watch their children and pets.

The report of the dead deer came just a few hours after Victoria Police received a separate call of a cougar sighting near CFB Esquimalt.

This is not the first time a cougar has been in Esquimalt. In May, VicPD officers shot and killed a cougar near Rock Heights Middle School.

?It is close to the area where we had to shoot a cougar a few months ago,? Osoko said.

While there have been no further cougar sightings since Friday, VicPD advise to be on the lookout; keeping children and pets indoors and calling 911 if one is spotted.


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