Author clarifies stance on cougars

Dear editor,

I’d like to thank you to all the publications that ran articles about my new book The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous.

Dear editor,

I’d like to send a huge thank you to all the publications that ran articles about my new book The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous.

The launch at the Courtenay Museum was a tremendous success, due I’m convinced, to the wonderful coverage that preceded it.

I would, however, like to clarify two statements:

First, cougars don’t leave the area immediately after killing their prey. They usually feed off it for several days before moving on.

Also, I only support euthanizing a cougar if if it acts aggressively toward or attacks humans, pets or livestock or appears to be habituated to humans. A cougar that is seen on a trail or passing through a community but doing its best to avoid humans is likely not a threat.

In that situation, being aware and prepared may very well be all that’s necessary.

Paula Wild,

Courtenay