An Armstrong resident whose pig was attacked Wednesday night was told by a local conservation officer the culprit was likely a bobcat or coyotes. (Photo: Loni Breaks).

Cougar not likely behind swine assault in Okanagan: BC Conservation

Coyotes, bobcat thought to be more likely culprit

When Armstrong resident Loni Breaks discovered her pig Daisy had suffered puncture wounds overnight, she suspected a cougar was the culprit. But local Conservation Officers have since told her the attack was more likely by coyotes or a bobcat.

Daisy resides in a barn stall on Breaks’ Nobel Road property. The barn is only partway constructed and secured with lumber tarps. Five days ago Breaks got a tip from her horse that something was up.

“He started snorting and blowing … alerting me that something is going on,” she said.

For the past few days Breaks has noticed that the front flap on the barn has been pushed open.

“We thought at first that it was wind but it happened too many mornings in a row, and the other animals are sort of spooked.”

Breaks called the BC Conservation Officer Service on Thursday, the day after the attack. The officer she spoke to told her not to worry about a cougar, as poor Daisy wouldn’t have fared so well against one.

“He doesn’t believe it would be a cougar because he said it would have finished her off.”

Breaks said the Conservation Officer advised her to keep her animals locked up as best she can. That means closing Daisy off from her fellow barn animals.

“It’s coming right into the barn and going into her stall,” Breaks said of the predator. “We have big stall doors but she’s only about a 150-pound pig, so we don’t close her stall front so she can see everybody else in the barn.

“I hate doing it but her stall front is closed now, so she’s blocked off. I don’t think anything is going to happen to her.”

As an extra precaution, Breaks says she and her husband will be stepping up their barn security.

“I’m probably going to sleep in the barn tonight and my husband’s going to see if he can borrow somebody’s game cam and see if we can’t catch something in the act.”

READ MORE: Cougar allegedly kills turkey in Vernon residents’ backyard

READ MORE: Bear sightings continue in Coldstream


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

Penticton Vees return to action with 7-0 win over Salmon Arm

The Vees will get right back to it tomorrow night

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers

Warriors edge Snakes 2-1 as Okanagan Cup BCHL exhibition tournament begins

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Public input sharpens vision of Oyama Ithmus Park

Proposed project to shape the long-term future of waterfront land in Lake Country

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Kelowna church service

Attendees of Calvary Chapel Kelowna’s Sept. 13 morning service may have been exposed

Kelowna man injured during arrest sues RCMP

Supreme Court civil claim alleges Dustin Blondin was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’

PHOTOS: Ghost sighting in Vernon’s Polson Park

Mom and daughter photoshoot brings joy and laughter to bystanders

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Most Read