The Canadian area of Prince George has experienced two recent cougar attacks. Here in the San Bernardino Mountains we also had a cougar enter a yard–going after two large dogs.
Why are the attacks on the increase?
A variety of reasons (which I have covered before at arkanimals.com and here on the blog–see the links below) but in our area I suspect that the recent fires have moved the cats into different areas. Their normal prey might be scarce–plus domestic animals are viewed as normal prey.
If you know a mountain lion is moving in closer into your area, take the care to keep your animals inside and don’t venture into the areas where cougars have been sighted.
Mountain lions have pretty large territories–you can check with your local wildlife biologist or game management office to check where the territories are.