Cougar sightings, in Ontario and Quebec, have become nearly commonplace in recent years. Just ask the guy who receives more ‘cougar sighting reports’ than anyone else!
At last count, over the past 10 years, I’ve had 300+ Cougar sightings reported to me, through my Outdoors Guy email and other channels as well. I believe, by now, both our Quebec and Ontario Ministry reps cannot discount the evidence.
Cougars are here in Central Canada and, evidently, they’re not going anywhere.
Back in 2016, a big cat was photographed in Quebec on Jimmy Hoare’s Grenville-sur-la Rouge property (across from Hawkesbury, ON) This cougar was captured on a hunter’s trail camera, feeding at a pile of deer apples.
This past weekend, Valerie Foley of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge had a brush with a rare creature. When her daughter left the house to go next door, a ‘very large’ cat lurking on her property, was startled and jumped from an apple tree in the back yard.
Foley was unable to capture an image of the cougar as it sped off, but took the photo(above)of its tracks in the snow. Although I cannot say with 100% confidence, since the print’s ‘lobe configuration & number’ is blurred by the snow – the size and spacing of these tracks are indeed consistent with that of a cougar.
Apparently, Valarie said this was the second time she has spotted a cougar on her property. She chased one off two years ago. Add yet one more sighting to a growing list.
Keep your eyes open, folks, big cats are among us and you never know when/where the next one might appear. Thanks so much to Ken Campbell for sharing this information and to Valarie Foley for clarification.
If you should happened to see a cougar, or evidence of one, please send me your report: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Outdoors Guy