I had a great conversation with conservation officer Kevin Van Damme last week. We spoke of the behaviour in the cougar I encountered as well as cougars in general. He has direct knowledge of the mamma cougar and her two 15-month-old cubs that live in the Westsyde mountains. It was very interesting and informative.
I have gathered some very helpful, quite possibly life-saving information through various resources about bears, bear behavior/encounters throughout my life. I have however found it quite difficult to find similar information on cougars.
Kevin told me he has been educating people across Canada about cougars for over 20 years.
I mentioned Westsyde Community Development Society and the meetings they have. He said he would love to come to Kamloops and do an information session here. Then I thought, ‘Further, again, reach out further, not just Westsyde, all of Kamloops.’ ”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could set up a central place in Kamloops for this to happen so anyone who is interested could attend this highly valuable, possibly life-saving information session?
I’m happy to spearhead this, but it is a first for me. So I’m asking for help. I need help finding and securing a location and dates as well as getting the word out. Would anybody be willing to help me pull this together so we can all be more educated and prepared around these beautiful but potentially very deadly creatures?