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Victoria Cougar sighting has pet owners wary in upscale Oak Bay

A cougar spotted early on a Thanksgiving weekend morning in Victoria has pet owners wary of letting dogs or cats out alone, even as they rush to make gravy or watch the Blue Jays.

The caller described the animal as "chunky but not a deer" to Oak Bay Police

A rash of cougar sightings in the Victoria area has Oak Bay residents wary of their cats and dogs spending any time alone in the yard. (The Associated Press)

A cougar spotted early on a Thanksgiving weekend morning in Victoria has pet owners wary of letting dogs or cats out alone, even as they rush to make gravy or watch the Blue Jays.

"The animal was described as chunky, but not a deer," said Sgt. Chris Goudie, of Oak Bay Police in an email this morning.

Police said the caller sighted the odd animal from their apartment building and called police around 3:20 a.m. PT.

The feline was last seen walking south near Beach Drive in Victoria, B.C., but police could not find it.

This spotting comes after a rash of sightings, several in the early morning on Friday, Oct. 9.

Last week a cougar was seen by police near Camosun College's Landsdowne campus in the early morning.

The big cat was seen walking into the trees near a parking lot close to Foul Bay Rd.

"The animal in question appeared healthy and had no obvious injuries" Sgt. Steve Eassie of Saanich Police said in a press release. "It did not show any signs of aggression or predatory behaviour ... and was likely wandering from green space to green space in search of food."

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