Striking a Balance – Cougar sighted in Clinton

Susan Swan's weekly column of community news and events in Clinton.

Cougar Alert

A large male cougar has been spotted numerous times in the Village of Clinton. It has been seen most often in the Cariboo Street area though one main street (Hwy 97) resident was surprised to find it on his second storey deck as it followed his cat up the stairs.

I’ve been told that people have contacted the Conservation Office with no response. Several pets have already disappeared and parents are concerned about their children. Clinton residents are advised to keep their pets indoors and have an adult stay out with your children when they are outdoors.

This big cat is getting bolder, going into yards and up onto decks. He has been around at all hours, even in daylight so stay alert.

The BC Government website says “To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety call 1-877-952-7277”. If enough people call (and you should call every time you spot this cat in town) maybe something will be done before someone gets hurt.

Blast of Winter

One would be forgiven for thinking winter had already arrived in Clinton as residents began their day on Nov. 15. A heavy snowfall blanketed the village in over 15 cm of white stuff overnight. It is still falling as I write this at 9:30 a.m.

Drivers are reporting terrible road conditions so many were not able to make it to work. Good day to stay in and get some work done at home (after shovelling out the driveway, walks, etc.).

Of course winter doesn’t officially arrive until Dec. 22 so this is just a test run for what may be coming.

Christmas Food Hampers

This is the time to think of those less fortunate. Boxes have been distributed in various locations throughout town for your food donations. You can place non-perishable goods in them (please check expiry dates as outdated goods cannot be used). Canned goods, packaged goods such as cake mixes, pasta, stuffing mixes, etc. will all be appreciated.

The last day for Clinton residents to sign up in Clinton is Thursday, Nov. 19. Drop by the Clinton Health Center between 2-4 p.m. You are asked to apply in person and bring photo I.D, proof of your residential address and care cards for other family members who live with you.

The Christmas Food Hamper organizers would also appreciate monetary donations. Cheques, made payable to Ashcroft and Area Community Resources Society can be sent to PO Box 1137, Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0. Donors will be given an Income Tax Receipt.

PAC Dinner and Auction

Saturday, Nov. 21 will see the Clinton Memorial Hall decked out in Christmas finery as the David Stoddart School PAC hosts their Dinner and Auction.

For many this is the kick-off to the Christmas season in Clinton. Some tickets are still available at the school, Integris Credit Union, Clinton Home Building Center and Country Squire Gift Shop. You can also phone the school at 250-459-2219 for tickets or information. An alternate number to call is 250-459-2379.

Personally I look forward to this event and never fail to have a good time.