Tuesday, 30 December 2014

CANADIAN SIGHTINGS: Wasaga cougar possible, but no proof: MNRF

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Wasaga Sun

WASAGA BEACH - A recent cougar sighting near Wasaga's provincial park is just one of a number of sightings of a big cat in the area in recent years.

However, says a biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, none have been confirmed locally.

"We do receive a number of calls annually, more in recent years," said Graham Findlay, who works out of the MNRF's Midhurst office.

Four weeks ago, a Wasaga Beach family claimed they'd spotted a cougar while walking along the trail between Glen Eton Road and Oxbow Park. They reported it to the ministry, as well as The Sun.

The father of the family, who asked not to be named, told The Sun they saw the animal from about 50 yards away. It appeared to be about eight feet in length, from nose to tail, and stood about three-to-four feet at the shoulder.

The family didn't get a chance to take a photo.

Findlay, who was familiar with the claim, said ministry procedure for a sighting is to follow-up with the witness in order to obtain as many details as possible.

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