Cougars are secretive animals that tend to avoid direct contact with humans. Having said that, cougars will sometimes appear in urban areas, so it’s important to do what we can to avoid enticing them to our properties. Cougars could view a domestic dog or cat as easy prey. The good news is there are steps we can take to protect our cherished pets from a wandering cougar, including:
Be sure to supervise pets when they’re outside, especially from dusk to dawn when you should be most wary of cougar activity.
Don’t let a fence give you and your dog a false sense of security. Cougars can jump high – about 5.5 metres.
Animal-proof under sheds, porches, decks and other structures to reduce potential hiding places for cougars.
When walking your dog in cougar territory, use a leash that is no more than two metres in length.