Cougar sighting in Mystic Vale

A cougar sighting has been reported in Mystic Vale at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Please be aware of your surroundings and use caution while using the trails or wooded areas.

If you see a cougar anywhere on campus, please call Campus Security at 250-721-7599.

This is the time of year when occasional cougar sightings are reported on the UVic campus.

While cougars are generally shy and elusive animals and rarely attack humans, a hungry cougar may come into contact with people during its search for food, usually in the hours between dusk and dawn when cougars are most active.

If you encounter a cougar, it will likely run away; however, in the event of an encounter you should take the following steps:

  • Never run or turn your back on a cougar.
  • Always watch the cougar and know where it is.
  • Give the cougar room to escape.
  • Pick up nearby children and small household pets.
  • Raise your arms to look bigger.
  • Act aggressively, and if possible throw rocks or sticks at the cougar.


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