Cougar seen near lakeshore

Summerlanders living in the Lakeshore Drive area observed a cougar in their neighbourhood on Thursday.

Summerlanders living in the Lakeshore Drive area observed a cougar in their neighbourhood on Thursday.

Mike Stern, a conservation officer based in Penticton, said the first cougar sighting was reported Thursday morning, from a home on Lakeshore Drive, near Peach Orchard Beach.

Two more sightings in the area were reported later that day.

Around midnight, conservation officers were called about a cougar sighting near Giant’s Head Mountain Park, but there have been no further sightings since that time.

“That cat most likely has moved on and is back where it should be,” he said.

Stern said the cat was likely a sub-adult, under two years old but fully grown, looking for territory.

While cougars can be seen in the area, Stern said they are elusive and avoid conflicts with people.

“But we also have to remember we’re in their territory,” he added.

In addition to the sightings on Thursday, there have been other unconfirmed reports of recent cougar sightings.

To report a conflict with wildlife that threatens public safety, call 1-877-952-7277.