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Cougar seen near High Street in Nelson

Nelson Police report a cougar has been seen near High Street Wednesday morning. — Photo courtesy Wildsafe

The Nelson Police Department would like to warn the public of a cougar that had been seen in the area of High Street early Wednesday morning.

In case anyone from the public sees or encounters the wild cat, Nelson Police is providing some safety tips:

  • Never approach a cougar
  • Immediately and forcefully show the animal that you’re a human by waving your arms and being vocal
  • Never turn your back to a cougar. Always face it while slowly backing away.
  • Never run away as it may trigger a chase response from the cougar.
  • If a cougar attacks, fight back.

Nelson Police urges residents to monitor children closely outdoors and to bring their pets in at night.

The BC Conservation Service has been advised of the recent cougar activity in Nelson.

Further sightings can be reported by calling the RAPP line at 1-877-952-RAPP or by cellular art #7277.