I've received a few comments on the cougar posting to the effect of questioning how we got so close to such a ferocious creature. So, to be clear - here's what we saw just a few short metres away:
So, if you're thinking "wow, their property doesn't look like that/ when is it ever that stormy in Metchosin?"... you're right. The entire post was chronicling a trip to the museum. Sorry for the confusion. Had we really encountered a non-stuffed cougar not only would any photos be somewhat blurry but that "log dump" picture would have rung true in all its glory!