COURTENAY, B.C. – There has been an unconfirmed report of a cougar in the area of Powerhouse Road, 1st Street, and Lake Trail Road.

“It is said that the cougar has attacked a dog and also stalked and chased 2 children walking in the area together! Please be safe,” Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings posted on its Facebook page.

However, B.C. Conservation told that it has not received any reports of a conflict with a big cat in the area at this time.

Comox Valley Wildlife Sightings contacted and said “this was a second reporting from a member of our page, we are not aware of any photo having been taken, but felt that even without evidence this was worthy of sharing – to keep the community safe.”

Contact the COS Call Centre at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if a cougar poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety.

WildSafeBC offers the following tips if you encounter a cougar.

  • Keep calm.
  • Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar.
  • Pick up children and small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back- sudden movements may provoke an attack.
  • If you notice that a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice.
  • Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.
  • If a cougar shows aggression, or begins following you, respond aggressively in all cases as cougars see you as a meal: keep eye contact, yell and make loud noises, and show your teeth.
  • Pick up nearby sticks, rocks, or whatever you have at hand to quickly to use as a weapon if necessary – crouch down as little as possible when picking things up off the ground.
  • If the cougar attacks, fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area.
  • Use rocks, sticks, bear spray, or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat, and are not prey.