The Port Moody Police are warning the public to remain vigilant after a cougar attacked a small dog in the area on Monday.
Members of the department responded to a report of an attack in the early hours of Monday, July 24 after a cougar had tried to carry away a small dog.
The call came from the area of Chevalier Court and Flavelle Drive.
Thankfully the cougar released the owner’s dog after he yelled at it, and after undergoing surgery the pet is expected to make a full recovery.
Warning signs have since been posted in the area and residents are asked to call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 if they suspect a cougar is frequenting their residential area.
Police have also released the following information to help residents deter cougars:
- Store garbage in cans with tight-fitting lids so odours do not attract small animals, which in turn can attract cougars.
- Feed pets indoors or, if they are fed outdoors, bring in any uneaten food as the smell of pet food may attract cougars.
- If you encounter a cougar, keep calm. Make yourself look as large as possible, make loud noise, and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar. Pick up children and small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back – sudden movements may provoke an attack.
- If you notice that a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud, firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.
If the cougar attacks, fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area. Use rocks, sticks, or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat and are not prey.
More information about cougar safety is available at www.wildsafebc.com.