NPD delivers warning to public of cougar sighting in Fairview
Nelson Police is asking the public to keep on guard after a cougar sighting was reported to the detachment Wednesday afternoon in Fairview.
The cougar was seen in the area of the 500 Block of Seventh Street.
“Information received was that cougar was sighted in the (500 Block of Seventh Street) area on (Tuesday) October 20, 2015 at approximately 9 p.m. and additional information received indicated the cougar was last observed heading towards Lakeside Park,” Hoy said in the NPD media release.
Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that if anyone comes into contact with a cougar, do not run away.
Hoy said people should remain calm, stand your ground and do not back down.
“Back away slowly if possible and when safe to do so,” he 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.”
Hoy said the public shoulld raise your voice and speak firmly as well as 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,” he said. “This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.”
Anyone seeing a cougar sightings should call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.