This is not your average Kitty Cat!
May 30, 2013
The City of Coquitlam announced Wednesday it is closing the Coquitlam River Park in response to repeated cougar sightings and interactions with homes in the area in the neighborhood of River Springs, located at the North end of Shaughnessy street.
The animal(s) "exhibiting behaviours that indicate it might not be afraid of people," according to a Coquitlam City press release. It has clearly been in backyards and sighted by many River Springs residents as the accompanying picture of the animal demonstrates. This is a densely populated neighborhood and interactions with people are very likely, the Cougar has been seen very near Coquitlam River Elementary School.
Residents who live in the area are being asked to take the following precautions:
- Keep pets indoors or on leash at all times.
- Do not leave pet food or any other food attractants outdoors.
If you do encounter a cougar, the city advises the following:
- Do not run.
- Make yourself look big.
- Be loud and aggressive.
Residents are asked to stay away from the Coquitlam River Park and trails, as well as to be cautious in all areas surrounding the Coquitlam River.
Conservation officers are attempting to trap the animal and move it to a new location, according to the press release.
Residents are also being asked to report all sightings and conflicts to the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.
Photograph by Mona Lemoine who lives on River Drive