A pair of juvenile cougars were caught on camera in Promontory Tuesday night. (Facebook photos)

A pair of juvenile cougars were caught on camera in Promontory Tuesday night. (Facebook photos)

Two young cougars caught on camera in Chilliwack’s Promontory neighbourhood

The juvenile cats were hanging around a driveway on Markel Drive before disappearing into the forest

Mother Nature has spent this week reminding Chilliwack that wildlife is out there, even if you can’t always see them.

On the heels of a cougar attack in Harrison Mills Tuesday morning, with two male cats causing serious injuries to a woman, two juvenile cougars were spotted in the Promontory area of Chilliwack Tuesday night.

They were picked up on a security camera as they hung out in the driveway of a home on Markel Drive, which backs onto a heavily forested area. They don’t appear to have caused any trouble before disappearing back into the woods, but cougars can be a big problem for people and pets.

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When one of them was spotted on the Vedder Rotary Trail near the RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre in early April, conservation officers posted a ‘cougar alert’ sign telling people what to do if they come across one.

– Detour around any cougar, giving it space, and do not run. Maintain eye contact. Never turn your back. Speak in a confident voice and slowly back out of the area. Sudden movements may provoke an attack.

– Utilize natural barriers and keep trees or other obstacles between you and the cougar.

– Make noise to avoid surprise encounters.

– If a cougar approaches, stand your ground and appear large. Hold your coat open, raise your arms and do not bend over or crouch down.

– If a cougar attacks, don’t curl up in a ball. Fight back.

Anyone who spots the cougar in the area is asked to call the 24-hour RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).


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