If you've ever wondered how cougars get to small islands, well, the answer is: they swim. Rather well, too, as a few people fishing near Tahsis, BC can testify.
Check out the article on the CBC's website about their close encounter. Oh, and here's a safety tip for those kayakers who see large animals swimming -- it would be inconvenient if a swimming cougar tried to climb up onto the deck of your kayak, or a deer like we saw in Esquimalt Harbour, or even a raccoon like Louise saw at Portland Island. Give swimming animals lots of room. Lots!