Cougars stalking prey in Ucluelet

Cougars have been visible around Ucluelet in recent weeks.

What appears to be a mother and two adolescent cubs have been spotted everywhere from St. Jacques Blvd. to Marine Drive -along with evidence that Mama Cougar is teaching her young’uns to hunt.

Jenna Hopkins snapped a picture of a large cougar from her front window on Lorne White Place on Thursday around 10:30 p.m.

“I just by chance looked out the window and saw this massive animal walking down the road. It crouched down when it saw me and then carried on when it realized I wasn’t a threat,” said Jenna Hopkins.

“My husband ran outside with an airhorn to scare it and it went running pretty quickly through the woods. It was definitely one healthy cat,” she said. “They are so majestic and powerful looking. And way bigger than I imagined.”

From her living room window, Janine Riley watched a cougar chase a deer down Bay then into the woods towards the skate park.

“It was amazing to watch this all happening … it as pretty awesome, but not nice knowing they’re walking through our yard,” Riley said.

“Our next project is a fence.” Liisa Nielsen saw the spine of what appeared to be a freshlykilled deer in the parking lot of Christ Community Church on Peninsula.

“It was being pecked over by birds in the church yard – it was pretty creepy,” she said.

Nielsen lives around the corner, and is keeping a close watch on her dog.

“Just be smart, walk with friends – and keep your dogs on a leash (with you),” she said.

Nielsen said she would favour a deer cull in Ucluelet as a method for keeping predators out of town. Right, a large cougar under a streetlamp on Lorne White Place. Photo by Jenna Hopkins.