Report conflicts with wildlife rather than sightings

It is perfectly normal to see wildlife like large cats roaming around at this time of year, and no cause for alarm

Cougar sightings around Cultus Lake and Chilliwack are not that unusual during the winter say conservation officers. What should be called in to the RAPP line are reports of sick or injured animals

A cougar was spotted near Cultus Lake last week, prompting the usual calls for extra caution in Chilliwack’s back country.

There’s also been a bobcat hunting ducks at the Browne Creek Wetlands.

It is perfectly normal to see wildlife like large cats roaming around at this time of year, and no cause for alarm, said a local conservation officer.

“Throughout the winter cougars will typically be seen frequenting parts of Cultus Lake, Promontory, and Ryder Lake,” said Sgt. Steven Jacobi of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS).

The reason is because they’re following the prey down from the mountainous areas. When deer and other small animals like rabbits and rodents descend from the areas with deeper snowpack, so do the big predators.

The latest wildlife sighting was reported on social media on Jan. 7, to say that a cougar was spotted heading for the trails behind Funland, near Cultus Lake.

The local school and conservation officials were given the heads-up.

Sgt. Jacobi stressed that not every wildlife sighting has to be called in on the RAPP line.

“We don’t need to hear about every sighting necessarily,” he said. “What we want to know about are any wildlife conflicts with people.”

A sign warning about wildlife in the area will only really help in a situation where people are properly prepared for an encounter.

In the case of a cougar caught out in the open, it’s recommended to stand tall.

“If you run they’ll chase you. They are very curious.”

The animal is often trying to figure out if people are food or not, he said.

“We would encourage people to throw rocks, yell at a cougar to try to scare it off, whereas if it was a black bear for example, we recommend that people talk slowly and back up, but never turn and run.”

Report any conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety, or injured wildlife by calling the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or report online

Get prepared and see tips to reduce human-wildlife conflicts at



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack poultry producer’s $130,000 fight with the CFIA earns him a red-tape award

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Paperweight Awards ‘honour’ government over-regulation

Worshipping together: three United churches in Chilliwack amalgamate

Chilliwack United, Rosedale United and Mt. Shannon United are now known as Cheam View United Church

No fines issued in Chilliwack under new winter tire rules

Wondering if there was any cause for enforcement of the new winter tire rules? Us too

White Rock woman seeks fellow hockey players for BC 55+ Games

Sue Rittinger aiming to put Zone 3 women’s team together in time for September event

VIDEO: Person in wheelchair narrowly avoids collision with car in Kelowna

There were no injuries in the scary looking near-accident last week in Rutland

B.C. still struggling to control non-resident medical care fraud

Unpaid bills, out-of-province claimants a costly legacy of MSP

Father to B.C.’s first MLB hall-of-famer is one proud dad

Larry Walker Sr. talks baseball background and son’s base running gaffe

Councillor in Revelstoke withdraws proposed 67% pay hike amid backlash

There was significant backlash to the proposed $25,000 and $70,000 wages

Teen gunmen arrested after holdup at illegal cannabis shop in Abbotsford

Two men demanded cash and weed before taking off on foot

Risk to Canadians of Chinese coronavirus low, health minister says

Five or six people are being monitored in Canada, including at least one in Vancouver

VIDEO: ‘Porn’ answer was a wrong one for Surrey family on ‘Feud’ game show

Surrey’s Rams competed on the TV show Wednesday night

VIDEO: Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

Most Read