Cougar report unconfirmed

A cougar spotted near a Vernon school may not have actually been one of the big cats.

A cougar spotted near a Vernon school may not have actually been one of the big cats.

Reports were received Wednesday of a cougar near Okanagan Landing elementary at 10:30 a.m.

Conservation officer Mike Richardson was on site shortly after the call and investigated the area where the animal was seen.

“It was not confirmed as a cougar,” he said of his  findings. “Dog and house cat tracks were found but no cougar tracks were found.”

Students were on recess break at the time and were moved inside, in case a cougar was nearby.

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

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