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Possible cougar sighting in Lakeside Park

Police news release outlines how to behave if you encounter a cougar.

Last night at 10:58 pm, the Nelson Police Department received a notification of a possible cougar sighting at Lakeside Park, according to a news release.

“The Nelson Police Department would like to remind the public that if you come into contact with a cougar that does not run away, stay calm, stand your ground and do not back down. Back away slowly if possible and when safe to do so,” the news release states.

“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. This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.

“Please report any cougar sightings to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.”