Cougar sighted on Barnes Lake Road

A cougar sighting near Ashcroft has Conservation Officer worried.

A jogger’s recent encounter with a cougar on Barnes Lake Road has the Conservation Officer Service concerned.

The encounter occurred at approximately 8:30 pm on July 23. Information received to date indicates that the jogger was stalked by the cougar as she ran, and that she eventually flagged down a passing car, which gave her a ride.

Conservation Officer Paul Pike visited the area the next day and spoke with residents, as well as with people camping at the local recreation sites. Notices informing the public about the incident, and reminding people that the Barnes Lake area is cougar habitat, were placed in the area. As of July 26, no further calls had been received regarding cougar sightings in the vicinity of the lake.

Pike advises that anyone using the area should be vigilant, and remain aware of their surroundings when they are out and about. Children and pets should be closely supervised. Any sightings should be reported to RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-7277.

Barbara Roden