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Cyclist spots cougar on Fort Macleod ridge

A Fort Macleod woman had her morning bike ride interrupted Thursday by a curious cougar.
Lacey Poytress was cycling north on Highway 811 about 8:15 a.m. when she noticed a large cougar on the ridge.
“I was on my way up the hill when I noticed him on the ridge,” Poytress said. “I could see him clear and plain.”
The cougar stood, stretched and started walking slowly toward the highway.
Poytress stopped and watched the animal.
“I kind of paused for a second thinking about what to do,” Poytress said. “I flipped my bike around and sped down the hill and sped home.”
Poytress called Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Town of Fort Macleod community peace officer Scott Donselaar to advise them of the sighting.
“There’s a lot of people who run and bike out there and they should know there is a cougar.”

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