A cougar was caught on camera outside a residence near Okanagan Landing Elementary Tuesday, Feb. 26. (File Photo)

Cougar caught on camera near Okanagan school

Samantha Becker has alerted the Conservation Office after cougar sighting outside her house

Samantha Becker woke up Wednesday, Feb. 27 to find surveillance footage of a cougar sleuthing around outside her Vernon house the night before.

The incident took place around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. Becker, a mother of two, had just taken out the garbage and said she had been heading to bed around the time that the incident occurred.

Related: Several cougar and coyote sightings around Vernon, Conservation Officer responds

Related: Cougar “living” next door to Vernon elementary school

Becker and her family live near Okanagan Landing Elementary School in Vernon. She told The Morning Star she lives on Brooks Lane, about 300 metres from the school.

“Cougar came for a visit last night. (6:44pm),” Becker wrote to the Vernon & Area Community Facebook Forum. “Yes, called in since I live so close to the school.”

This is just one of several cougar sightings in recent weeks. On Feb. 19, a cougar living near BX Elementary School was also reported to Conservation Officers. There have also been reports of cougars attacking animals near Marshall fields in Vernon as well as several reported sightings in Lumby and Coldstream.

When asked about cougar sightings for a recent story, Vernon Conservation officer Micah Kneller said that people need to take responsibility to ensure that their animals are safe and secure at night so that residents aren’t unknowingly contributing to the problem.

“It’s rare to see a cougar because they’re pretty shy, and they’re typically more active at night. The big thing is to make sure that these animals aren’t presented with an easy meal where people live. Cougars don’t really want to be by people, so the only time that they are by people is when they come to their yards to hunt and obviously we don’t want them to have that kind of behaviour,” he said. “People need to take responsibility for the fact that some of these animals look at their areas as a food source because the end result of a cat looking at people for food is that we end up having to put them down.”

Kneller encouraged people to report an offense or a problem with wildlife by phoning the 24-hour Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

Related: Dead deer indicates seasonal movement of predators

Related: Two kids injured in separate cougar attacks in B.C.

Related: B.C. woman finds cougar inside her house

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.



Follow me on Twitter @BrieChar
Email me brieanna.charlebois@vernonmorningstar.com
Like us on Facebook.

Just Posted

West Kelowna Warriors look for 2nd win in Merritt

The Warriors’ hope to improve their 1-4 start to the season Friday night

Kelowna police officer cleared in cyclist collision

Police officer was off-duty when he hit cyclist who had used heroin earlier in the evening

Prospera and Westminster credit unions approved for proposed merger

Abbotsford- and Surrey-based companies now take matter to membership vote

End of summer celebration taking over popular Kelowna brewery

BNA Brewing hosts the Summer End event Sunday

Christopher Raymond Derickson elected new chief of Westbank First Nation

Westbank First Nation members elected Derickson Thursday night

VIDEO: B.C.’s famous cat Grandpa Mason has died

The story of the feral cat that started fostering kittens touched people around the world

RDOS to study sites for composting facility

Penticton and Okanagan Falls landfills will be examined

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Shuswap elementary school suspends operations due to ‘musty odour’

Arrangements made for affected Sicamous students to attend class in three other schools

Summerland grocery store offers warm atmosphere, community service

Nesters Market has been involved in numerous initiatives within Summerland

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

Codling moths remain a problem for Okanagan apple growers

Problem areas for pest include Summerland, Penticton and Naramata

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen works to control mosquito populations

Control efforts in the region have been starting earlier each year

PAW Patrol Live! adds third Penticton show due to pup-ular demand

Fans can now see the heroic pooches at three different showtimes at the SOEC

Most Read