A cougar was captured along Stettler County and Starland County Dec. 18. (Contributed photo)

A cougar was captured along Stettler County and Starland County Dec. 18. (Contributed photo)

Stettler County man ‘startled’ to capture cougar

Cougars rare in area

A large female cougar was caught south of Stettler.

The cougar was captured Dec. 18 along the borders of Stettler County and Starland County.

“I was a little startled,” said *Rick when he saw it in the coyote snare.

Stettler District Fish and Wildlife Officer Scott Kallweit said cougar sightings in this area are rare.

“In the Red Deer River Valley, it’s rare. We certainly don’t see cougars here as much as they do in the West Country and further north.

“Anywhere there are water drainages like the Red Deer River, or there is a healthy deer population there’s always a possibility they could be around,” he added.

Kallweit said cougars are good at hiding and generally stay away from people.

“They usually leave people alone, their primary interest is deer. They like to stay around heavily treed areas and that’s probably why we don’t see them away from the river drainages.”

READ MORE: Judge scolds hunters ‘Go to Safeway,’ he admonishes them

Kallweit said last year a Byemoor landowner shot a cougar on his property.

“We allow landowners on their own property to kill cougars year round. Other than that I can say fairly confidently in the three years I have been here I’ve never looked at calves or a cow that was killed by a cougar.”

If someone claims to see a cougar Kallweit says he wants to see proof.

“Unless people have pictures or there are tracks to look at and you can show me the proof, I’m very skeptical. They are rare around here.”

After discovering the cougar, Rick turned the animal over to Fish and Wildlife. Kallweit commended Rick for this.

“He did the right thing. (People) are required by law to contact us and turn it over.”

Some people may want to take the animal to a taxidermist.

“The temptation for some people is always out there because it’s not very common to catch one. We have had some cases where guys try to go out about it the other way and usually that doesn’t end up well and it ends up in court. That’s certainly a consideration and why I give him a lot of credit. Not everybody does the right thing.”

READ MORE: Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers ask for the public’s help with unsolved poaching cases

Residents don’t have to be concerned about cougars in the area but rather be cautious.

“We need to respect that there are cougars,” said Kallweit. “We live amongst all sorts of different wildlife and we need to be aware of that. You just have to use caution. There really is nothing to be overly worried about.”

* Name has been changed at the request of the Stettler County man.



lisa.joy@stettlerindependent.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Stettler
Stettler and area’s ninth annual Eco Excellence Awards have been announced

This year’s recipients include Louise Damen, Joanne Pinder, Jan and Bob Richardson and the Jewel Theatre

Pictured here are Stettler-based band The Jazz Guys, who launch this season’s Entertainment in the Park series at West Stettler Park on June 23rd. photo submitted
Stettler’s The Jazz Guys launch ‘Entertainment in the Park’ season June 23rd

This year’s festivities will consist of the following 10 free concerts

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on Friday, February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
U.S. border restrictions to remain in place until at least July 21

Safety minister says Canada, U.S. extending restrictions on non-essential international travel

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Most Read