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Cougar spotted in the Mission

A cougar sighting in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna Saturday morning brought out the police and conservation officers to look for the animal.

Around 10:30 a.m. police received a call of a cougar sighting in the 600-block residential area of Thorneloe Road and sent officers to assist conservation officers.

A resident reported seeing a large, tan coloured cat, with a long tail, which was between thigh and hip height.

The resident reported seeing the cat five metres behind his fence in an open area where a pathway allows people to travel between Barnaby Road and Thorneloe Road.

This route is often used by students during the school year.

Kelowna RCMP members tried to track the cougar but their efforts were unsuccessful.

The police are asking residents of the area to be vigilante.

Students are reminded to use caution while walking to school and small pets should be kept inside.

Police are asking that any future sighting of the animal be reported to the them or the conservation office at 1-877-952-7277.

 

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