Possible cougar in Sunshine Bay Park near Harrop
Walkers, hikers or people on snowshoes show be cautious in and around Sunshine Bay Park near Harrop after cougar markings were spotted by a local resident out for a walk.
The sighting happened Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. following the recent dump of snow.
The local resident was cruising through the park and saw urine around a cedar tree and noticed the cougar’s claws had shred the bark of the tree.
“We didn’t see the cougar but saw that one had been there recently, so we thought we should get out of there,” said local resident who asked not of have their name published.
Nelson RCMP said no one had reported the sighting of a cougar in the Harrop area.
The Nelson Daily attempted to contact the Conservation Office but was unable to connect with an official.
Sunshine Bay is located on the southern shore of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake between Harrop and Procter. The park provides beach access, a boat launch, bike park, walking trails, playing fields and rest room facilities.