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Mountain lion sightings in Pickering

October 31st, 2008, 09:47 AM
Mountain Lion Sightings In Pickering (

Durham police are warning Pickering residents of a possible mountain lion on the loose.

"We have heard of two independent reports describing an animal similar to a mountain lion, obviously we have to take that seriously," Durham Regional Police spokesman Dave Selby said.

Both sightings were in the area of Douglas Park in the Liverpool Rd. and Bayly St. area.

The first report was made to Pickering Animal Services on Oct. 16 by an adult walking in the park. The agency received a second report from a 12-year-old boy on Wednesday.

"It could very well be an exotic pet on the loose," Selby said. "Years ago, we had tiger sightings reported and it turns out someone was keeping a tiger as an exotic pet and it broke free, so that's definitely a possibility."

Native mountain lions, or cougars, have not been seen in Ontario since 1884, Ministry of Natural Resources spokesman John Cooper said.

He advises residents in the area to be alert to wildlife, to travel in groups and to stay out out of wooded areas at dusk and dawn.

"It's also a good idea to carry a whistle and use it to scare off the animal," Cooper said. "If you see an animal that you feel threatened by, call 911 immediately."

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Durham police at 1-888-579-1520

WOW scarey

October 31st, 2008, 10:00 AM
Yeah and there are two cougars living in the a town a half hour outside of guelph.

If located, I hope they are tranged and relocated to a santuary. I highly doubt they will find them..or they will use unhumane menthods to succeed. Like inhumane traps, or canned hunting. I am sure the big boys with the big toys will want to play. It's disgusting.

We are taking away wildlife's habitat, leaving them no place to go, while being scared and terrifed what is going on around them.


October 31st, 2008, 10:06 AM
I think tranqed & taken to sactuary if they find em. Bomanville zoo is where these animals usually end up.

October 31st, 2008, 04:25 PM
In my area, mountain lions habitat's are being disturbed due to oil drilling. We've had alot more sightings at the edges of residential areas, and I live in a sparsely populated state.

One newspaper account from a couple of weeks ago talked about a woman who called 911 to say that a 'big cat' was on her porch. When the dispatcher translated that for the Sheriff's deputy, she said it was a 'housecat'. The officer goes to the residence, and finds a mountain lion resting on the porch. So much for the "here kitty kitty". LOL

But yes, I find it disturbing that we (meaning humans) cannot find a way to live in harmony with these creatures instead of just killing them off as we take over their lands and push them out. :(