Cougar snatches family’s cat

A local family was shocked to lose one of their cats to a cougar last week. Alyson Schmitz just returned home from driving her daughter Ashley to school on Thursday morning. When she got out of her car at her Hector Road home, she saw the wild animal in action.

“It came out the bush and I saw it jump out and take the cat,” Schmitz said. “Then it brought it back into the woods.”

“I’ve lived here for 12 years and this is the first time I have seen a cougar,” she said.

Schmitz immediately called the conservation officer and was told it is not unusual behaviour.

“He told me it was not a high priority because it was not aggressive to me,” she said.