The BC Conservation Officer Service said they did not find a cougar near San Lorenzo Avenue in Gordon Head on Thursday afternoon following a reported sighting.
The animal was reported to police at around 1:30 p.m. BC Conservation Service officers went to the area with tracking dogs but the dogs did not pick up a scent. However, sometimes a scent is not picked up if other animals like raccoons are active in the neighbourhood.
A cougar has been spotted in Gordon Head this afternoon. Conservation & police are in the area attempting to track it. Consider bringing kids & small pets inside. Call police if you see it. #cougarsighting
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) March 28, 2019
The sighting was around four kilometres away from where a cougar went after a deer last week.
Sgt. Scott Norris with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service said keeping small pets inside and be mindful of children are two precautions people can take after the sighting.
Anyone who sees a cougar can call the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if a cougar poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety.