July 1, 2014 3:46 am

West Vancouver residents warned after 3 recent cougar sightings

West Vancouver police are reminding the public to keep their eyes out for cougars after a number of recent sightings.

The felines have been seen in public areas around in Horseshoe Bay and Gleneagles on three separate occasions in recent days. One of the sightings was around Gleneagles Elementary.

West Vancouver Police said officers were quickly to the scene, but the cougar could not be found.

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“If you’re in a direct encounter with a cougar that is not timid or backing away, don’t turn. Don’t run. Stand, face the cougar, maintain eye contact and slowly back away,” said West Vancouver Police Department Const. Jeff Palmer.

Additional signage has been put up reminding people that cougars are sometimes seen in the neighbourhoods.

“There is signage in the area, but we want to remind the community that we’ve had these sightings, and they should take the normal precautions that you should take in a forested area where there is wildlife,” said Palmer.

Their warning comes a week after a Coastal Bobcat was seen in a Burnaby alley.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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