The Nelson Police Department is advising the public that a cougar has been seen in the Fairview area.

Sightings have been reported from the 400 block of Chatham Street, the 600 block of Nelson Avenue and the Sproat Drive areas over the past two days. Residents are encouraged to monitor their children closely outdoors and to bring their pets in at night.

If you encounter a cougar some other safety tips are:

  • Never approach it
  • Immediately and forcefully show the animal that you’re a human by waving your arms and being
  • Never turn your back to a cougar and 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.

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.