Bloodhounds were called in to track and capture a cougar from a Gordon Head yard at about 12:30 p.m. on Monday.
Conservation officer Peter Pauwels removed the animal from the 4300-block of Gordon Head Rd. It’s believed the cougar was finally tranquilized while in a tree.
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The cougar is likely the same one reported several times in Saanich throughout Saturday and Sunday in the area of Queenswood and Ten Mile Point.
Pauwels will release the animal back into the wild.
Wildlife conservation often use bloodhounds, handled by a third-party contractor, to track cougars and bears.
There was no unusual or aggressive behaviour reported by the animal and cougars do frequent rural and urban areas of Saanich. In 2015, a cougar made its way into James Bay after a stint near the Saanich and Oak Bay border. It was tranquilized, tagged and released into the Sooke Hills.