Saturday, August 13, 2005

We have a cougar among us. My friend Lisa Shatsky told me this story again tonight while I was helping her celebrate her 40th birthday .

There are persistent rumours of cougars on the island and from time to time people say they might have seen one, but this cat is the real thing and is striding around probably eating fawns. As the only predator on the island, the cougar has its pickin's at the Bowen all you can eat smorgasbord.

Pauline Lebel's astounding play, Voices In The Sound which was mounted last month told the story of Bowen when the cougars and wolves ran free and the humpbacks filled Howe Sound. I can't help but think her evocation of that time has somehow manifest this cougar onto the island.

What is the Island dreaming now? Cats.