Cougar attacks dog in Port Moody

Port Moody Police Department is warning people to watch out for wildlife after a cougar attacked a small dog Monday night on the city's north shore.

According to officers, the cougar picked up the pooch near Chevalier Court and Flavelle Drive and tried to carry it away but dropped the animal after the owner yelled at it.

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"The dog has since had surgery but is expected to make a full recovery," PMPD said in a press release. 

Police also offered some safety tips:

• Residents who come into contact with a cougar are advised to stay calm and make themselves look as large as possible. Small children and pets should be picked up immediately and a path allowing the cougar to exit should be clear.

• People should also maintain eye contact with the animal and speak to it in a loud and firm voice to "reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target," said the PMPD press release. 

• If a cougar does attack, people should fight back, focusing on the animal's eyes and face. Use rocks, sticks and any personal belongings as weapons, police said. 

Warning signs have been posted in the area where the attack occurred and residents are asked to call the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 if they see a cougar in their neighbourhood.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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