Cougar spotted along Pat Bay Highway prompts alert from Central Saanich Police

Cougar spotted along Pat Bay Highway prompts alert from Central Saanich Police
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Cougar file photo.

Police in Central Saanich are urging people to be cautious after a cougar was spotted along the Pat Bay Highway (Highway 17) Tuesday night.

The cougar was seen in the 7300-block of the Pat Bay, near Mount Newton Cross Road, around 10 p.m. on July 2. Police say the cat was travelling east.

“No conflict with humans reported,” police posted on X Wednesday morning.

They’re urging people to “be aware” and follow the cougar guidelines listed on the B.C. government’s website.

If you encounter a cougar, stay calm, keep the animal in view and pick up children immediately.

Also, back away slowly, make yourself look as large as possible and keep the animal in front of you at all times. Never run or turn your back.

“If a cougar shows interest or follows you, respond aggressively, maintain eye contact with the cougar, show your teeth and make loud noise. Arm yourself with rocks or sticks as weapons,” reads the website.

“If a cougar attacks, fight back, convince the cougar you are a threat and not prey, use anything you can as a weapon,” the government adds.

“Focus your attack on the cougar’s face and eyes.”

Find more tips here.

Anyone who suspects a cougar is hanging around a residential area, threatening people or killing pets should call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

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