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Cougars cause cops consternation

Two close encounters of the kitty kind have RCMP warning the public about potential wildlife conflicts, according to RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

"On Feb. 8 at 2:30 p.m., the Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment responded to a report of a cougar in the 3100 block of Iris Crescent, in Glenmerry," Wicentowich said in a press release. "The RCMP attended and verified that it was a cougar from the paw prints left in the snow.  A passing motorist flagged down the police officer at the scene and reported he had just seen the cougar near East Highway Drive."

Just three days later was another, similar sighting.

"On Feb. 11, at 4 a.m., a cougar was treed by a dog at the corner of Hosmer Street and Kootenay Avenue in Tadanac, which was later reported to the RCMP. 

"The Trail and Greater District RCMP Detachment would like to warn the public about the potential conflict between this cougar and humans and domesticated animals. Please be aware of the possible danger and take precautions with small animals and children where possible. Please contact the Trail RCMP Detachment at 250-364-2566 and BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 if you sight this cougar."