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NPD report possible cougar sighting near Lakeside Park

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
May 26th, 2017

Nelson Police is reporting a possible cougar sighting in the area of Lakeside Park late Thursday night.

Nelson Police Dispatch recevied the call at 10:58 p.m.

NPD would like to remind the public coming in contact with a cougar that does not run away, to remain calm, stand your ground and do not back down. 

If possible, retreat slowly when safe to do so. 

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.

Raise your 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 as this action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.

Anyone seeing a cougar should immediately call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

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