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Cougar hit by vehicle in rural Saanich

The Conservation Officer Service was unable to find the animal

A motorist travelling through Saanich struck a cougar with their vehicle Friday night, leading police to warn residents about a confirmed sighting.

The incident occurred around 7:50 p.m. in the 5900-block of West Saanich Rd. in rural Saanich north of Wallace Drive.

After hitting the large cat, the driver said they saw it limp off into the bushes, believing it to be injured.

The Conservation Officer Service attended the following morning and was unable to find the animal.

Saanich police Staff Sgt. Todd Bryant says residents in the immediate area should be on alert, and should take precautions while outdoors with small children and pets.