Last week video of three Cougars, and Bears, was captured at Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody BC. The footage was taken by a surveillance camera at the facility and it shows what is likely a mother Cougar with her youngsters stopping to hang out before heading back into the woods. Maybe they heard about the fish special? Youngsters typically stay with mom for 12 to 18 months which is enough time for them to acquire proper hunting skills. (Check out the link to article above to see video of the Bears to.)
It is been reported that Cougar sightings are on the rise in the area and this means humans need to be aware of surroundings especially when out with kids or dogs. Cougars are solitary cats and want to avoid people, however as we encroach more on more on their habitat encounters can happen. Sadly there are still many stories of non-aggressive Cougars being killed by humans when non-lethal methods could have been employed. The culture of fear and ignorance seems to be prevalent when it comes to these animals even in Canada.
While the trio of Cougars were being celebrated, earlier that same week one was killed in West Vancouver simply for being on a trail. The officer walked right up to the cat “It was just laying there on the ground, [so] I was able to approach him and killed him on site there,” said conservation officer Simon Gravel. “It definitely is a public safety concern for us to have a cougar walking in so high-density, residential area in the middle of the day like this.“
That’s both horrible and not called for. 😦