Saanich police says it wants to be sure residents know what to do if you see a cougar after a third sighting was reported in as many days early Tuesday morning.
Authorities say a cougar was seen running into the bushes just before 2 a.m. by a resident in the area of Hillcrest Avenue and King Alfred Court but was not located by officers.
Saanich police also got a call Monday afternoon around 4:15 p.m., after a man walking through Rithets Bog off Chatterton Way believed he saw a cougar based on its lower profile and movement.
Police were told it was not aggressive and paid no attention to him when he passed.
The first call came late Sunday night when a Queenswood Drive resident spotted a cougar on his property that attacked a deer, before being scared off.
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Police say the BC Conservation Office has been notified, but no cougar was spotted by authorities in all three cases.
Saanich police says if you are outside and encounter a cougar, make yourself as big as possible and keep watch of the big cat as you back slowly away.
If you have small children or pets with you, police advise you to pick them up.
They say if the cougar shows interest or attacks, fight back aggressively and make loud noises
Authorities say all aggressive interactions with cougars must be immediately reported to police and Conservation.
Police say if you see a cougar while inside, stay there and make sure all family members and pets are also indoors.
You are asked to call police and the BC Conservation Office at 1-877-952-7277.
Saanich police says more information is available on the B.C. Government’s Staying Safe Around Wildlife and WildSafeBC websites.