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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 15:05

If moose are abundant, then cougars will follow

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A moose was hit by a car north of Hilda on Highway 41 Nov. 21.

One theory about the high number of moose now being found in the areas around Medicine Hat is that the large numbers of cougars who have, over the last few years, taken residence in the Cypress Hills Park, have chased the moose out of their normal habitat in the park.
A hunter friend of mine who sets up a motion detector camera in a coulee to spot deer 20 miles north of Elkwater says about 20 moose walked past his camera this fall. He has never seen any moose on his motion detector camera in previous years in this location.
As sure as God made little green apples, the cougars will follow the feed source (moose, deer, etc.) that they have chased out of the park.
Without question, you can look forward to many more cougars being seen in Medicine Hat and surrounding area. In the last few years, a few of cougars have been sighted in and around Medicine Hat.
From my discussions, conservation authorities seem to think this is great. I disagree. I believe it is only a matter of time until a cougar comes in conflict with a child or pet here in the city.
John MacLaren, Medicine Hat

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