Cougar destroyed at Mirror Lake
A cougar sighted several times at Mirror Lake over the last week was destroyed Sunday after tangling with a dog for a second time.
Conservation officer Jason Hawkes says he responded after receiving a call around 4:30 a.m. yesterday that another dog had been attacked.
"We brought in hounds at daylight and tracked the cougar to about 200 meters from where the incident occurred, which also was roughly 200 meters from the original incident last week," he said.
The cougar was treed on a ridge above the site of the attack and put down.
Hawkes said it was a healthy male, approximately five to six years old. He heard from the dog's owner that it had a few puncture marks but seemed to be okay.
No one actually witnessed the attack which was the second in less than a week. In the first incident, Angela Burton awoke in the middle of the night to find her dog Tango going head-to-head with a cougar.
Hawkes said cougar sightings in the area have been common over the winter, but this was the first conservation officers have put down as a result of conflicts with pets. Late last month, a Vallilcan resident lost four goats to a cougar attack.
Hawkes encouraged livestock owners to ensure their animals are in secure enclosures, especially overnight and in early morning.
Wildlife conflicts can be reported 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).