For the second time this season, Seabird Island authorities have reported a cougar sighting.
The cougar was seen near Seabird Island Community School on Oct. 27 through 29.
Seabird Island officials advised residents to avoid trails and shortcuts and to go outdoors in groups of two or more. Secure garbage and debris in animal proof garbage cans and move your garbage to the curb only on garbage day mornings. Keep children close and keep a close eye on animals.
Cougar sightings aren’t common but are responsible for 2,500 calls to the Conservation Officer Service reporting line every year; this factors in animals that are mistaken for cougars as well.
Cougar attacks are very rare. If you encounter a cougar, pick up your small pets and children immediately; children are the most at risk when encountering a potentially dangerous wild animal. Stay calm, never run; cougars can run at speeds of 35 miles per hour and they can jump as high as 18 feet.
Speak loudly and confidently. Make yourself look as large as possible and allow the cougar a clear path to escape.
Wildlife sightings can be reported o the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or #7277.
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