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Cougar Attacks Conservation Officer

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 2:33 PM

Prince George, B.C.- While Cougar sightings  are  not uncommon  in communities throughout B.C., it is  unusual for  a Conservation Officer to be  attacked by one of the big cats.

But, that is  what happened to a C.O.  in Salmo  last night while investigating a report of  the cat trying to get into a home.

It was the second  cougar call that officer had attended  last night.  The first, occurred   shortly after 7 pm when  the Conservation officer  from the West Kootenay zone responded to a report of an injured cougar.   The animal  ( a mature female) had been struck by a pick up truck and  was  suffering  on the side of the road.  The C.O.  euthanized the animal.  Immediately  after that complaint,  the same officer responded to a complaint  about a cougar that was trying to enter a residence through a window.

The  Conservation Officer was attacked by that juvenile male cougar which the Conservation Office  says was extremely emaciated.   The Officer,  who suffered minor injuries,   and was forced to  kill the cat.   It is the first time  C.O. Deputy Chief Chris Doyle has ever  heard  of a C.O. being attacked,  and he’s been with the service for  23 years.

Officer in charge of the Okanagan region,  Tobe Sprado says there has been a slight uptick in the number of  complaints about cougars.  There were  10 complaints in the Salmo area in February alone.  Sprado  says the snow this winter is having an impact on  food supply for the big cats “With the current snow conditions in the west Kootenays, it’s  deep, and  generally  the prey species are in the valley bottoms, specifically deer and elk.  With the snow at times  being non compact, loose,  it makes it  difficult for  predators  such as cougars to prey  efficiently  on their normal prey species.  So then they start to come into  communities looking for  a food source, generally  pets,  dogs, cats, that sort of thing.”

Deputy Chief  Doyle  says  while the two incidents  happened  in Salmo,  there is a message for everyone, “The messaging  around cougar safety is consistent with what we provide year ’round, and that is to be cautious with  domestic animals,  pets,  livestock   are susceptible to  cougar attacks, so electric fencing  works well  there.  Keeping other animals contained  or indoors,  especially at night.  If you do encounter a cougar, you don’t want to   turn and run from a cougar,  you don’t want to  turn your back  on a cougar.  You want to make sure small children are kept close.   In the rare event that a cougar attacks,  as in a case like this,  is to fight back and try and deter the attack.”

 

 

Comments

Back in my younger days I was told how to survive cougar attacks in Prince George by following these simple steps..

Step 1: STOP, Don’t make eye contact..
Step 2: SLOWLY, Back off the dance floor..
Step 3: Last Resort, shield yourself with your drunken wingman..

Northman hahahahahahahahahaah that was awesome.

Very good advice.

ahahhhah that’s soo funny

This is so lame, really juvenile. I hope that someday you will reach maturity, but I doubt it. Only a moron could appreciate your comments. I see you even have a fan following, who knew?

    Yes, truly only a moron could find humor in that eh. Seems there must be a few morons reading this site, because I wasn’t the only one who thought it was funny.

    Also given your choice to use the word “moron”, I would argue that a “moron” would not even understand the joke that was made.

    Moron – A person with mild intellectual disability having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

    So, I guess in short, pytor you are the one who is being offensive here.

    Found the cougar..

A little humour is good for the sole. What side of the bed did you wake up on, pylori? Besides this could never happen in Prince George as CO’s never leave the office.

    good one made me laugh

    I think you mean that a little humor is good for the soul.

      What? Fish aren’t allowed to laugh? Or did the joke just fall flat with them?

be nice if the humor and spelling police would take a pill.

    Yeah they shud mind there own bizness..lol

“Deputy Chief Doyle says while the two incidents happened in Salmo, there is a message for everyone”

The message I get from this is to keep my 12 gauge defender handy with some “double-aught” buckshot.

    Tannerite trap..Anyone see where that cougar went..? Yeah some of it went over here and some of it went over there but for the most part it got vaporized..

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