Cougar confirmed in Mission

Christine Morrison, Dewdney and Hatzic Elementary Schools are keeping students in at recess and lunch

One cougar is confirmed to be in the Mission area.

There is at least one cougar in Mission, amid a number of false sightings.

Cody Ambrose, a local conservation officer, said he has confirmed a few reports of a cougar, but couldn’t say whether it was one or several.

One resident posted a Facebook picture of what appears to be a cougar spotted Monday evening at 7 p.m. at Dewdney Trunk Road and Cemetery Avenue.

Ambrose said he found cougar tracks around Stave Lake Road and Parr Avenue, a greenbelt area opposite to where the picture was taken.

Other unconfirmed reports include a cougar attacking a house cat on McEwen Avenue in Hatzic Tuesday morning, one near Rockridge in Hatzic on Saturday, and two adults and a cub at 12 Avenue and Cedar Street.

But Ambrose said not every call is legitimate.

“We’ve received numerous calls about cougar sightings and a number of them are false,” he said, before adding it isn’t unusual. “The Mission area is cougar territory. It backs onto the mountains.”

Tracks found last week likely belonged to a coyote, said Ambrose.

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