The search continues for Keno, who went missing from trails on Mount Prevost on Jan. 25. (Submitted photo)

The search continues for Keno, who went missing from trails on Mount Prevost on Jan. 25. (Submitted photo)

Lost Duncan dog believed to have travelled at least 100 km to Coombs area

Owner still searching after Keno went missing on Mount Prevost on Jan. 25

The search for a dog lost on Mount Prevost just outside Duncan on Jan. 25 has now extended almost 100 kilometres north.

Searchers are looking for Keno, a four-year-old husky/shepherd cross in the Coombs area, after what is considered a reputable sighting of Keno, with his leash still attached to his collar, at the Coombs Country Campground several days after his disappearance licking the grill of a barbecue at a campsite.

Owner Jesse McMaster, who is from Duncan, said there have been numerous reports of Keno being seen in the Coombs and Whiskey Creek areas over the last several days, with the latest at about 11 a.m. on Feb. 2 in the Nanoose area, but that sighting was not confirmed, nor were most of the others other than one at the campground.

RELATED STORY: LOST DOG REUNITED WITH FAMILY 3 MONTHS AFTER GOING MISSING ON REMOTE B.C. TRAIL

McMaster said he’s confident the sighting at the campsite was of Keno because the lady who claimed to have seen him there described his collar and leash perfectly, and the fact that he has one brown eye and one blue eye.

“I’ve been spending my days driving up and down roads in the area, keeping my eyes peeled for Keno and hoping for the best,” said McMaster, who has taken time off from work to continue the search for his best friend.

“I really appreciate the help of the people from ROAM BC [an organization that helps reunite lost animals with their owners], the Arrowsmith Animal Resource Foundation and volunteers who are helping out with the search up and down the Island. Everyone is rallying to help find Keno and it’s all very touching.”

McMaster was walking Keno on the trails on Mount Prevost when the dog saw an elk, pulled the leash he was on out of McMaster’s hands and chased the elk up the mountain.

McMaster tried to pursue the dog, which was pulling the 10-foot leash behind him, but lost him and he hasn’t seen Keno since, despite exhaustively searching every day.

RELATED STORY: DOG REUNITED WITH TOFINO OWNER, MONTHS AFTER BEING TAKEN FROM BEACH

Lesli Steeves, a member of ROAM, which got involved in the search shortly after Keno’s disappearance, said it’s possible that Keno made contact with a group of transients known to camp on Mount Prevost close to where Keno was last seen who drive between the Cowichan Valley and Coombs often. The theory is Keno may have been taken to the Coombs area with them.

She said it’s also possible that Keno followed the power lines all the way to Coombs.

“It’s possible be could have made it to Coombs by following the power lines even with the leash on,” Steeves said.

“We had a dog from Parksville who ran loose for a whole month with a leash on without getting itself permanently caught up on anything. They can do it, somehow. We’ll keep following through with other sightings and weed through them until we finally find Keno.”

McMaster said he’s confident Keno will be found.

He said Keno is smart and physically built to easily handle the weather on Vancouver Island.

McMaster said if anyone spots Keno, don’t approach him.

“Keno will likely run away immediately because he’ll only go to people he knows,” he said.

If someone sees Keno, or thinks they have seen him, they should call ROAM at 778-977-6260 or 778-977-6265.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Community

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

HIGHLAND sECONDARY scHOOL comox
COVID-19 exposure at sixth Comox Valley school in past eight days

Island Health has posted an exposure alert at a sixth Comox Valley… Continue reading

Artist Sandra Meigs will be the next speaker in NIC’s online 2021 Artist Talk series, appearing virtually on Friday, March 5 at 1 pm. For the full schedule and link to attend the Artist Talk Online Series, visit https://nicart.tickit.ca/. (Photo: The Glass Ticker (2017) — 15’ X 9’ X 5’, wood, enamel, lights, aluminum, glass, automata. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.)
Celebrated artist and mentor joins North Island College Artist Talk series

North Island College’s virtual 2021 Artist Talk series welcomes Sandra Meigs, past… Continue reading

The Coast Range makes a spectacular backdrop for orca heading towards Discovery Passage of Campbell River Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Frank Neil
Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The cat came back, with help from Comox ferry staff

After Dasher made a dash, ferry staff found her and got her home safe

A rendering of the Denman Green plans for the Kirk Road site. Image, DHA/Ronan Design
Denman Green finds new site for housing

Facing COVID delays, the project reached expiration date on initial site

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Photo: Lt. Sandy Pridmore, MARS Darlene Banerd, MARS, Warren Warttig and Captain Rob Stevens show the new automatic external defibrillator (AED) that will be located at the MARS facilities located at 1331 William Beach Road, Black Creek. Photo supplied
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society adds AED to Williams Beach Road location

Submitted Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) has collaborated with the Comox Firefighters… Continue reading

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Most Read