Cougars spotted in Langley Township

Langley Township is reassuring residents that it monitors the local cougar situation after recent sightings.

Earlier this month, a cougar was spotted near the Otter Co-Op and there was one confirmed cougar attack on a young cow in South Langley.

The B.C. Ministry of the Environment is responsible for dealing with wildlife through its Conservation Officer Service.

Township Mayor Jack Froese has been in regular contract with the Ministry of the Environment and the area’s Conservation Officer, and is being kept up to date on the issue.

While there have been some unconfirmed cougar sightings, no further attacks have been attributed to the wild cat.

The Township offered advice if a cougar is seen. If a cougar is spotted in an area, keep away from the animal and bring children and pets inside until it leaves.

Most cougars will simply be passing through but if it lingers or becomes threatening, call the conservation call centre at 1-877-952-7277.

Anyone who encounters a cougar should remain calm and keep the animal in view at all times. Pick up any children present and slowly back away to an area with a clear avenue of escape. People should never turn their backs on cougars and never run because sudden movement can be a trigger for the animal.

If a cougar shows interest or tries to follow, try to look as big as possible. If the animal attacks, fight back and use anything as a weapon.

More information on cougar encounters can be found on the Ministry of Environment’s website in the section about wildlife/human interaction.

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