Cougar prowling around Alberni in wee hours

Reader spots cougar twice in two days in Alberni.

To the Editor,

I don’t know how else to inform the town of Port Alberni about the cougar sightings I have witnessed in the last few days.

Thursday at 7 a.m. I saw the first cougar across the street from 5400 Highland Dr.

This morning at 5 a.m. I saw another cougar (much smaller than the first one). This cougar crept up the creek by the house I reside at, making it onto this property right by my car. Once it was by my car it sat down.

I took this opportunity to prove to my boyfriend that there was a cougar in this area and that yes, I had seen one two days before; I dragged him to the window to witness it also.

This cougar then walked up the front yard and back into the creek beside this house. This area is full of children and somewhat close to AW Neill School. I am also concerned for all the dogs and cats that the residents around here allow to wander around freely.

I was told by the conservation officers that it is important to place the call as soon as possible when you happen to see the cougar.

Melissa Hoadley,

Port Alberni