Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Office’s Sgt. Len Butler is reminding people if they see a cougar to call the RAPP line right away.
“We’ve got a few cats running around right now in different areas. It’s that time of year that people have to be very cautious. If they see cats they should call them in,” Butler says.
Often cougars are following deer, and so far the reports have been of cougars being more curious, than anything else.
“We haven’t had a definite point of a cougar hanging around,” Butler notes, adding people need to keep an eye out and do all the right cat things.
“Yell at them, make themselves big, to get them out of the way.”
The Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Service received a report of a cougar sighting on Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area between Dog Creek Rd. and Gun-a-noot Trail.
Another report came in on the weekend, although that person had seen the cougar and didn’t call in to report until four days later.
“People have to call right away. For us to be effective with cats if they get too close, we need the most recent information about where a cat’s been seen for us to do any mitigation work.”
The RAPP line is 1-877-952-7277 toll free.