NPD alert public of possible cougar sighting Wednesday in Rosemont
Nelson Police sent out an alert Thursday to the public of a possible cougar sighting in the Rosemont area Wednesday morning.
NPD said the department received the report of a a complaint of a possible cougar sighting in the area of Crease Street and West Innes Street at approximately 10:07 a.m.
The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that anyone coming into contact with a cougar not to run away.
People should remain calm, stand their ground and do not back down.
“Back away slowly if possible and when safe to do so,” the NPD media report said.
“Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK OR RUN. Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.
Police say residents should raise their voice and speak firmly. Raise your arms to make yourself look larger, clap your hands, and throw something you might have in your hands. Do not bend down to pick up any items to throw. This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.
For any cougar sightings, report to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.