Cougar sighted in Princeton

Several sightings of a cougar have been made along Highway 3 near The Hut and near the new development on Rocklin Avenue.

  • Oct. 28, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Several sightings of a cougar have been made along Highway 3 near The Hut and near the new development on Rocklin Avenue.

Residents are reminded to be mindful of their surroundings and to take every precaution when walking in these areas.

The Ministry of Environment provides the following safety precautions:

Never approach a cougar. Although cougars will normally avoid confrontation, all cougars are unpredictable. Cougars feeding on a kill may be dangerous.

• Always give a cougar an avenue of escape.

Stay calm. Talk to the cougar in a confident voice.

Pick all children up off the ground immediately. Children frighten easily and their rapid movements may provoke an attack.

Do not run. Try to back away from the cougar slowly. Sudden movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.

Do not turn your back on the cougar. Face the cougar and remain upright.

Do all you can to enlarge your image. Don’t crouch down or try to hide. Pick up sticks or branches and wave them about.

If you sight a cougar, you are encouraged to phone the Conservation Officer services of the Ministry of Environment toll free at 1-877-952-7277.

Press Release – Issued by the Town of Princeton

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