Paddlers enjoying the warm weather should be careful at Matheson Lake in the Metchosin area near Sooke and Victoria. A cougar was spotted at Matheson Lake Regional Park last night by the Capital Regional District gate contractor. Conservation Officers have asked the CRD to post “Cougar in Area” signs at Matheson Lake and along the Galloping Goose near km 32. The advisory shown below is posted on the CRD website, and shared with the volunteer naturalists, which is how Kayak Yak heard of the sighting.
Cougar Sighting at Matheson Lake/ Galloping Goose
Cougar sighted May 3 at Matheson Lake, near km 32 on the Galloping Goose trail.
Please use caution and report sightings to RAPP 1 877 952 7277
As there have been no further reports of the cougar at Thetis Lake Regional Park, the CRD has been advised by the Conservation Officers to remove the advisory for Thetis Lake.
Again, please use caution if hiking near Matheson Lake Regional Park. The Conservation Officers and Capital Regional Parks staff will be monitoring the situation over the next couple of weeks. I will pass on any other updates as we receive them. Thanks.