Cougar spotted in Marysville neighbourhood

Two sightings of big cat in Marysville within one week

A cougar was sighted in Marysville on Sunday evening, and it wasn’t even trying to keep to the shadows and not be seen, says resident Ellie Brouer.

Brouer lives on 310th Street in Marysville and her house is surrounded by others. She says she is about four houses down from the Rails to Trails.

She says Sunday evening, her 19-year old son was home and watched a cougar try to run into their backyard.

“The cougar was chasing prey and ran into the mesh fence around the yard,” she said.

“I don’t think he saw it. My son watched it. It looked like it got caught up in the mesh for a bit and then got out. He took his prey across the street and finished it off.”

Brouer says her son thought the prey was a young black dog.

She says her son thought of following in his car to keep an eye on the cougar, but lost sight of it.

“I called the CO,” Brouer said. “He took a report but that’s all. But my thought was ‘oh my gosh, it’s only three days to Halloween’, there will be kids everywhere.”

Meanwhile Marilyn Bancks, principal of Marysville Elementary says there was a report last week of a cougar on Main Street and a message was sent home to parents. She said the school would notify parents again to be cautious.