Letter: Carcass indicates cougar was hunting

Evidence refutes claim that 'the Oak Bay deer population was likely not a direct attractant for the young cat'

Re: Relocated cougar likely travelled through Oak Bay, Oak Bay News, Oct. 7

Unfortunately Christine van Reeuwyk’s article doesn’t tell the whole story, as was observed by local residents, and reported on the local television news.

On the morning of Oct. 1, the remains of a young deer were found on a residential property by the homeowner a block and a half from the reported cougar sighting at Monterey and Brighton.

Clearly, the condition of the carcass could only be explained by an animal attack.

This evidence would seem to refute the claim that “the Oak Bay deer population was likely not a direct attractant for the young cat.”

The sound of the attack as heard by the homeowner the night before was also very disturbing, as was the sight of the remains of the deer. It was fortunate no young children were involved.

The residents of Oak Bay have every right to know the full details of this incident.

It is an example of nature taking its course, and there is no reason to believe it won’t happen again. While deer are here, cougars on the hunt will follow.

Janice Davis

Oak Bay