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General · 16th October 2013
Sierra Quadra
... at the Quadra Community Centre, 7:30pm.
Local author Paula Wild presents a slideshow this Saturday that explores our evolving relationship with the enigmatic cougar, and will be signing copies of her new book, 'The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous' (Douglas & McIntyre). Books will be available for sale at the event from Book Bonanza. Join us at the Quadra Community Centre this Saturday (October 19) at 7:30pm. Paula's presentation is sponsored by Sierra Quadra, and doors open at 7. Yummy baking and refreshments are provided, and admission is, as always, by donation.

Vancouver Island and the surrounding islands are known not only for having the highest density of cougars, but also the most aggressive cougar population in North America. Chances are, anyone who spends time in the woods in cougar country has been close to a cougar, whether they knew it or not. It can be a scary thought, especially combined with the lengthy history of recorded encounters that have occurred on B.C.’s coast in the last two hundred years or more, many of which are told in Paula Wild’s The Cougar. There are tales of bounty hunters like the infamous Cougar Annie who shot a cougar on her seventy-third birthday; attack stories like that of the woman living in a logging camp in the ’50s who was attacked two separate times by the same cougar in one day, it had so fixated on her as prey; and surprising accounts of encounters occurring where you’d least expect it, like the parking garage at the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

However, as Wild says in The Cougar, “co-existing with cougars isn’t about fear, it’s about knowledge.” Through a skillful blend of natural history, scientific research and many first-hand accounts, along with amazing photos and detailed information on what to do in the case of a cougar encounter, Wild explores what makes this animal that has both fascinated and frightened British Columbians throughout history so beautiful, so dangerous, and why cougars remain such an important and valuable part of our environment.

Paula Wild is the author of several books, including One River, Two Cultures, The Comox Valley and Sointula Island Utopia, winner of a B.C. Historical Federation Certificate of Merit. She has also written for numerous periodicals, including Beautiful British Columbia, Reader’s Digest and Canada’s History Magazine. She lives in Courtenay, B.C. with her partner, Rick James.

For more information about Paula Wild’s presentation on Quadra Island, contact the Quadra Island Sierra Club at 250 285 2272 or Geraldinekuniserve.com.