Fri, 2010-01-08 08:40.
A BC Conservation Officer says cougar attacks are not on the rise in this province, despite two recent attacks on children.
Gary Van Spengen with the B C Conservation Office says cougar attacks are still pretty rare.
"With the two cougar attacks so close together is merely a coincidence at thei point. There's really nothing to indicate that cougar attacks are on the rise. It just happens to be that we had two incidences with cougars, very close together."
On Thursday of last week, 7-year-old Daniel Metzler, Junior, was attacked while tobogganing in Danskin, south of Burns Lake -- his mother managed to chase the big cat away by flicking a dish towel at it. Then two days later, 11-year-old Austin Forman was rescued by his dog, after a cougar threatened him near Boston Bar.
Van Spengen says if you do encounter a cougar, you should make lots of noise, make yourself look as big as possible, and never turn your back on a cougar!
Instead, continue to face the animal while you back away from the area, and then call the conservation officer service at 1-877-952-7277.
John Crawford/Karin Koppitz -- Smithers
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