The Nelson Police Department would like to warn the public of a cougar that has been observed in various areas of Nelson over the past few days. The cougar was last spotted in the 500 block of Anderson St earlier this evening.
Some safety tips if you encounter a cougar:
- 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.
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-RAPP or by cellular art #7277.