Cougar Alert in West Vancouver

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Cougar West Vancouver

West Vancouver Police issued a warning for the public Wednesday morning as a cougar was spotted near Lighthouse Park.

The cougar was spotted by the West Vancouver Fire Rescue crew near Lighthouse Park and the 4800-block of Marine Drive.

What to do when you encounter a cougar

During a cougar encounter, the common practice is to convince the big cat that you are a threat and not prey. Stay calm and keep the cougar in sight, and if you have small children pick them up immediately as the motions and noise made by children could provoke and attack. Back away from the cougar slowly, make sure the animal is in front of you at all times and also make yourself look as large as possible.

Never run away from a cougar or turn your back on it as such a sudden movement could provoke an attack. If the animal shows interest or follow you, respond aggressively by maintaining eye contact with the cougar – show your teeth and make loud noise.

If a cougar attacks, fight back and focus your attack on the cougar’s face and eyes. Use rocks or icks as weapons but crouch down as little as possible when bending down to pick up objects from the ground.

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