Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Government Taking Measure to Reduce Cougar Conflicts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Government Taking Measure to Reduce Cougar Conflicts

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Cougar measures implemented in Saskatchewan

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REGINA - The government of Saskatchewan is continuing to take measures to improve public safety and reduce cougar conflicts.

Environment Minister Scott Moe says sightings have become more common in the Cypress Hills region and along the entire length of the forest fringe from Meadow Lake to Hudson Bay.

He says although cougars are a protected animal and are a natural part of the Saskatchewan landscape, the province takes the concerns of residents seriously and will implement measures to reduce conflicts.

Conservation officers and Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation staff will remain the first point of contact for all predator-related complaints.

The government said conservation officers will continue to investigate all incidents where public safety is at risk.

They will have the option to trap and dispatch the cougar; hire houndsmen to deal with known cougar encounters; ensure that live traps are available in problem areas; or allow landowners with permits to kill cougars. …

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