Tahsis salmon hatchery releases 160,000 chinook

Tahsis salmon hatchery releases 160,000 chinook
Via CHEK News
One of the island’s most successful community salmon hatcheries, the Les Dowding Memorial Volunteer Salmon Hatchery is now in it’s 35th year.

Next week they’ll be preparing 70,000 more chinook for release into the Tahsis River.
Read more here.
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The Bears are Awake

Conservation Officer Steve Petrovic wants to once again remind us that the bears are awake and hungry after a long Winter.  I think by now we all know what we should and shouldn’t do, but Officer Petrovic is especially suggesting not to put our garbage out on Wednesday until the last minute we possible can.

If you do by chance encounter a bear, know what to do and teach your family members what to do:

Do not feed bears. It’s against the law to feed dangerous wildlife.

Remain calm. Do not run or climb a tree. Slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice. Do not scream, turn your back on the bear, kneel down or make direct eye contact.

Keep away from the bear. Do not try to get closer to it. If the bear gets too close, use pepper spray (within 7 metres) or something else to threaten or distract it.

Stay together. If you are with others, act as a group. Keep children close – pick up and carry small children.

Go indoors. Bring pets indoors if possible.

Watch the bear until it leaves. Make sure the bear has a clear escape route. After the bear is gone and it’s safe, make sure there is nothing in the area that will attract bears back again.

For detailed information on how we can manage bear behaviours and help keep them out of trouble (and out of town) please visit Managing Bear Conflicts.

Contact the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) if a bear poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety.

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Cougar Sighting Last Night on Cedar Crescent

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The RCMP was advised of a cougar sighting in the 400 block of Cedar Crescent yesterday evening and was last seen walking toward Nimpkish Park. Patrols were made but the cougar was not located and the British Columbia Conservation Service has been made aware as well. Further patrols are being made in an attempt to locate the cougar and the RCMP and Conservation Service are asking residents to remain vigilant when out with children and pets.
Cst.D.R.(Ryan)WALKER
Nootka Sound RCMP
Media Relations Officer
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Update on the Cougar

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BC Conservation and the Nootka Sound RCMP spent yesterday attempting to locate the cougar but were unsuccessful in locating the animal. RCMP and BC Conservation are asking residents to remain vigilant in keeping pets and children close at all times. If you see the cougar please call the BC Conservation immediately at 1-877-952-7277. This is not a recorded line and you will be able to speak to an operator and provide details about the animals location.

Cst. Mat Watkin
Nootka Sound RCMP

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Multiple Cougar Sightings Through the Night

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Over the night of November 13th and into the morning of November 14th, multiple cougar sightings were reported to the Gold River RCMP and the BC Conservation Service. In one reported case the cougar was pressing it’s head up against the patio door on the deck of the residence. BC Conservation Officers are aware and on their way to Gold River to attempt to locate the cougar. Residents are reminded to keep children and pets inside. The last sighting was on the 600 block of Dogwood. If you see the cougar, please call BC Conservation Service or the Nootka Sound RCMP immediately.

Nootka Sound RCMP

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Cougar Spotted Tonight at two Residences on Burman Court

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This evening at approximately 7:00pm a cougar was spotted on the deck of the residence located at 517 Burman Court.  A short time later the cougar bumped its head against a sliding glass patio door at a residence on the same street.  In the second incident, the cougar was watching a small dog inside of the residence.  Patrols were made by the RCMP and members were unable to locate the cougar.  BC Conservation Service has been advised of the two incidents and will be following up.

Cst.D.R.(Ryan)Walker
Nootka Sound RCMP

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FYI: Cougar Spotted on Chamiss Crescent this Morning

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On November 12th, 2016, the Nootka Sound RCMP received a report of a cougar sighting in the 300 block of Chamiss Cr. The cougar was spotted at approximately 7:45 am in the back yard of a residence as it jumped the fence and headed into the wooded area. No other sightings were reported and the information was forwarded to B.C. Conservation Officers.

Nootka Sound RCMP

M.P. (Mat) Watkin, Cst.

Nootka Sound RCMP / Government of Canada
499 Muchalat Dr
Gold River, British Columbia.
V0P 1G0
Tel: (250) 283-2227
Fax: (250) 283-7657

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Cougar Spotted Between the Hockey Arena and the Gold River Chalet

Via the Nootka Sound RCMP
There was a cougar spotted yesterday evening around 6:30pm in the green belt between the hockey rink and the Gold River Chalet.  The cat was not aggressive in any manner but RCMP wanted to make everyone aware due to the proximity of the pool/school/rink.
Members made patrols but did not locate the cougar and it may have been simply walking through the area. Please be aware and be safe with yourself, children and pets.
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