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Bear and cougar sightings in Westbank

Residents and businesses within Westbank First Nation and nearby locations are warned of recent cougar and bear sightings in the Westbank area.

In recent days there have been several sightings of a black bear and cubs as well as a cougar in the ravine alongside Elk Road to the south, Daimler Road to the north, Cougar Road to the west, and Grouse and Ridge Estates to the east.

"Conservation officers were notified (Wednesday) evening and conducted a search of the area using a houndsman, but were unable to locate the animals," said WFN law enforcement officer Daniel Heaton.

"Conservation did note many signs of bear presence in the area near the ravine."

If you see a cougar or a bear, call the Okanagan Conservation Office at 1-877-952-7277.

"We remind people to be aware of their surroundings when outdoors and to keep a close eye on children and small pets."

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