Monday, June 25, 2012

OPP Warn of Cougar Sightings in Dufferin County

(DUFFERIN COUNTY, ON.) – Dufferin OPP have received two recent reports of Cougar sightings in Dufferin County.

The first sighting was on June 23, 2012 at approximately 10:00 a.m. on the 7th Line of Amaranth between Dufferin County Rd. #109 and 5th Side road of Amaranth Township.

The second sighting was on June 24, 2012 at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Leader Drive in the Town of Mono.

Being concerned with safety of small pets and child, Dufferin OPP want to share following tips taken from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website aimed at preventing conflicts with Cougars.

You can prevent conflicts with Cougars by

Limiting Food Resources
  • Put garbage in containers that have tight fitting lids. Put garbage out on the morning of pick-up, not the night before.
  • Store garbage indoors.
  • If you do not have curbside pick-up, take your garbage to the dump often.
  • Frequently wash garbage cans, recycling containers and their lids with a strong-smelling disinfectant.
  • Do not leave pet food outdoors.
  • Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) in your composter.
  • Pick all ripe fruit from trees and bushes.
  • Remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease cup underneath, after each use.
  • Do not leave small pets unattended outdoors.  
Make your property unwelcoming
  • Modify the habitat around your home. Light all walkways after dark and avoid landscaping with plants that deer prefer to eat. Where a deer goes, a lynx or cougar may follow.

  • An encounter with a cougar would be rare.
  • If you believe a cougar is threatening your personal safety or that of others, call 911 or your local police.
  • If you think you see a cougar in a tree, leave it alone. Call 911 or your local police.
  • If you believe you have seen a cougar but it is not a threat to public safety, please report it to your local Ministry of Natural Resources office.

Contact: Provincial Constable Paul Nancekivell
Media Relations Officer

Phone: (519)-925-3838