In the early morning hours of July 24, 2017 members of the Port Moody police Department responded to the report of a cougar attack. The caller, who resides in the area of Chevalier Court and Flavelle Drive, advised that a cougar had just tried to carry away his small dog. The cougar dropped the dog when the caller yelled at it. The dog has since had surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Warning signs have been posted in the area and residents are asked to call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 if they suspect a cougar is frequenting their residential area.
Police remind residents of the following:
- Store garbage in cans with tight-fitting lids so odours do not attract small animals, which in turn can attract cougars
- Feed pets indoors or, if they are fed outdoors, bring in any uneaten food as the smell of pet food may attract cougars
- If you encounter a cougar, keep calm. Make yourself look as large as possible, make loud noise, and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar. Pick up children and small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back – sudden movements may provoke an attack.
- If you notice that a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud, firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.
- If the cougar attacks, fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area. Use rocks, sticks, or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat and are not prey.
More information about cougar safety is available at www.wildsafebc.com.
Sergeant Brad Sheridan
Port Moody Police Department
Community Action Team