Conservation officers posted warning signs in the area around Mamquam Elementary School after a cougar involved in an encounter with a group of teenagers “exhibited behaviour that is of concern,” a public official said.
The encounter, which occurred on Saturday night (March 17), occurred near the grounds of the school between Highway 99 and Government Road, Meg Toom, Squamish Bear Aware coordinator, wrote in an email to The Chief.
“The cougar exhibited behaviour that is of concern to the Conservation Officer Service and as such, the District of Squamish and the Conservation Officer Service are issuing a ‘cougar encounter’ public awareness message,” Toom wrote.
“Cougar in Area” signs were to be posted near the school, as well as on the dyke near the dog pound and SPCA headquarters, Toom wrote.
To report a cougar sighting, please phone the Ministry of Environment’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on your cell phone. For information on what to do if you see a cougar, visit www.squamish.ca/residents/bear-aware/cougar-safety