Cougar spotted near Landing school

Lumby residents are cautioned after a cougar was spotted Wednesday by the Salmon River trail. - Morning Star file photo
Lumby residents are cautioned after a cougar was spotted Wednesday by the Salmon River trail.
— image credit: Morning Star file photo

Measures were taken to protect students at a Vernon school after a cougar sighting Wednesday.

Staff at Okanagan Landing Elementary received a call at about 10:30 a.m. from a neighbour who stated they had observed a cougar.

Students were outside at the time for recess.

“All of the kids were brought in,” said Colleen Harvie, vice-principal.

“Conservation officers were called and they searched the area.”

In mid-December, there were also reports of a cougar near Mission Hill Elementary.

However, conservation officers determined that  tracks in that case actually belonged to a large house cat.

Conservation officers could not be reached for comment about the case at Okanagan Landing Elementary.


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