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There has been a report of a cougar sighting in the Wabi estates area around Chetwynd.

According to Conservation Officer Steve Dowling, a man was hiking behind his house, Wednesday, with his two dogs – one small and one medium – and stopped to read a book.

The smaller dog then chased a bird in the bushes, at which point the man saw a cougar chase the dog down the hill. The man heard the two fighting and then the cougar returned up the hill.

“We assume that the small dog was killed by the cougar although we never did find the carcass.”

The cougar then chased after the medium dog while the man returned home, later finding the dog with a scratch across its side.

Conservation officers and a tracking dog spent much of the day searching for the cougar, but it was never found.

Dowling says this is the first report of a cougar in the area but says people should take precautions with their children and to avoid letting small pets out on their own.

Further information about cougars and keeping both children and pets safe can be viewed here.

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