A cougar (not the one pictured) has been spotted in the Fairview area of Nelson. File photo

Police: cougar still wandering Nelson

The cougar was seen in Lakeside Park

A cougar continues to prowl around the Fairview area of Nelson.

In a statement Saturday, the Nelson Police Department said a cougar had been spotted in Lakeside Park, the 100 block of Trevor Street and on View Street.

Last week a cougar was also seen wandering the 400 block of Chatham Street, 600 block of Nelson Ave. and Sproat Drive.

In case you encounter a cougar:

• Never approach it.

• Immediately and forcefully show the animal that you’re a human by waving your arms and being vocal.

• Never turn your back. Always face the cougar while slowly backing away.

• Never run away as it may trigger a chase response from the cougar.

• If a cougar attacks, fight back.

Residents are encouraged to monitor their 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 1-877-952-7277.

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