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On the evening of March 3rd and in the early morning hours of the 4th, three Cougars were killed after attacking livestock near Courtenay. I could literally walk from where I live to where this took place. We must find a non lethal way to coexist with these incredible animals instead of destroying them. This is absolutely horrendous. Here’s the report by CTV Vancouver Island: vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/three-cougars-killed-after-attacking-livestock-near-courtenay-1.3830099

We had another successful shoot today up by Comox Lake. Some more, preliminary footage for “Lord of the Forest” is coming together nicely.

…the recent footage surrounding “Vancouver Island Hunter stalked by Cougar” has raised a lot of questions and in some cases controversy. Rightfully so! As many of you know, I am fascinated by this animal, hence the documentary film that I am currently working on. Credible sources however suggest that the individual that captured this footage baited and taunted the animal and then disguised the footage for dramatic purposes. This is not something… Read More

I’m convinced that my friend, colleague and co-producer Paul Novy held back an expletive or two but we finally settled on the poster for our film. This is 95% Paul’s design and I think it’s exceptional! Thank you to those I reached out to for your thoughts as well.

Today, we started production of “Lord of the Forest” – Searching for the truth about the Vancouver Island Mountain Lion- We got some great initial footage and were able to interview many local Comox Valley residents. We’re well on our way to being able to tell this story, a story that must be told. One of the highlights of our day occurred near the end. Paul and I had a phone conversation… Read More

A few months back, I mentioned how I was collaborating with documentary filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films – icebergfilms.com about a documentary film to showcase the relationships between nature and photography. We got started on that but there’s been a change of plans. For now, we’ve decided to shelve that effort. We will re visit it, in the future maybe. Due to the excitement and immediate feedback surrounding “Lord of the Forest” we… Read More

My friend and documentary filmmaker Paul Novy – icebergfilms.com and I are very excited to officially announce our upcoming documentary film showcasing Vancouver Island’s Mountain Lion. Nothing like this has ever been done before! As a part of our film, we would like to feature those who have had experiences or that have photographs and amateur video. Contact me directly at martin@mryer.com for more information.

Rugged Point Beautiful and wild. Mysterious and remote. Rugged Point is located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island and near the southwest end of Kyuquot Channel. This place is incredible! In the Fall, 2016 edition of Wildcoast Magazine, editor and publisher John Kimantas ranked this as “the real best beach!” Above all the other contenders! John knows what he is talking about too. wildcoastmagazine.com On September 11th, 2014, a lone… Read More

This weekend, I will be joining forces with Documentary Filmmaker Paul Novy from Iceberg Films  icebergfilms.com to discuss the relationships between nature and photography and to showcase the west coast of Vancouver Island at it’s finest. We’ll be venturing out to Rugged Point env.gov.bc.ca/…/explore/parkpgs/rugged_pt by kayak and spending 3-4 days immersing ourselves in our surroundings, photographing and filming seascapes and possibly even the wolf, bear and cougar that are known to frequent this area. This… Read More

Side Bay is located on Northwest Vancouver Island, north of Brooks Peninsula and pretty much right beside Lawn Point Provincial Park. It is accessible via logging road from Port Alice, approximate driving time is 4.5 hours from the Comox Valley. It’s 3 hours of pavement and then 1.5 hours of logging road. There’s lots of signs on the logging road to point you in the right direction and it’s in really good… Read More