A cougar has been spotted in Rithets Bog Conservation Area.
Saanich Police report a group of five adults was walking on one of the trails in the park at about 11 a.m. Tuesday when they all spotted an animal they believed to be a cougar.
Officers from the Saanich Pound confirmed that an animal had been in the area, although the type of animal could not be determined from the animal tracks due to the swampy conditions where the animal was observed.
Two cougars were previously seen near a trail head leading from Shadywood Lane towards Rithets Bog on June 24.
“This is a large green space and would be an area that we would expect to see wildlife,” said Sgt. Steve Eassie with Saanich Police. “In both of these recent reported sightings, the animals were not acting in a predatory manner, however, the public should be aware that there is a possibility that these animals may be present.”
The B.C. Conservation Service has been notified of the sighting.