Cougar spotted near View Royal elementary

Students at View Royal elementary were ushered into the school during recess on Thursday after a cougar was spotted on near a playing field.

Students at View Royal elementary were ushered into the school during recess on Thursday after a cougar was spotted on near a playing field.

Principal Rob Parker was one of the supervisors on duty, Jan. 12, during the recess. While watching the children, Parker saw a cougar in the woods along the E&N railway. The cougar was not seen on school grounds.

“It looked like a real cougar and it was about 100 metres away,” Parker said. “I’ve never seen that before.”

The woods and railway track are separated from the school field by a six-foot-high fence. The field is off limits for the students during winter months.

“We immediately instructed the students get back in the building,” Parker said. “As a precaution we kept the students inside at lunch too.”

West Shore RCMP and conservation officers were called and attended, but were unable to determine if a cougar was in the area.

The school sent a letter home to the parents informing them of the incident. Students who walk to and from school alone called their parents to see if they could get picked up instead.

“We just wanted to err on the side of caution,” Parker said. “Students and staff responded immediately and under the situation I am very happy it ended successfully.”


Just Posted

Saanich crash victim leaves behind pregnant wife and young son

The death of a Saanich man has left behind a grieving widow,… Continue reading

PACE concert raises $6,500 for Langford family

Cathy Shotton recently donated her kidney to her daughter, Nicki

Cigarette butts the main culprit in lagoon beach cleaup

Thousands of butts were picked up by the Greater Victoria Green team recently

West Shore fireworks courses start next week

Course required for mandatory permit

Pumpkin Lady carves Halloween niche

Sooke artist puts new spin on jack-o-lanterns

Popular Halloween costumes of 2017

The Joker, Game of Thrones characters and more are on the list as some of the most popular costumes in Victoria.

Nanaimo man assaulted, tied up and robbed at his home

Incident occurred about 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at a home on Beverly Drive

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld, a representative for the BCSTA, published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

Red hot Vikes women to host playoff opener

UVic Vikes This Week: basketball season kicks off at home

Ex-employee describes alleged sexual assault by B.C. city councillor

Complainant was a teen during the alleged 1992 incident

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Sean O’Loughlin named Victoria Symphony’s Principal Pops conductor

American composer has built a career working with some of music’s biggest names

Most Read