Maple Ridge residents say they’re concerned after conservation officers failed to send a crew to reports of a cougar in a residential area.
The big cat was caught on a security camera around 8:30 last night near 240th street.
In an email, one CKNW listener says multiple calls were made to conservation officials, and that the cat at one point came within 40 meters of a group of adults.
The cat was also reportedly spotted on McLure and 108th, as well as 102nd.
But conservation officer Robin Sano says officials get hundreds of sighting reports, not all of which warrant a response.
“There was no predatory behaviour, there was no stalking behaviour, there was no immediate danger to public safety. It was a cougar moving from a treed area through houses, through a cul de sac, right into another green belt.”
That said, Sano says conservation officers are now watching the cat closely.
“So right now, it’s exhibiting habituated behaviour, but not immediate danger to public safety. So we’re going its movements and also its behaviour going forward.”
Anyone who sees the cougar is encouraged to call it in to conservation officials.