A cougar has been spotted near the outskirts of Vernon in the Commonage area.
A photo shared by Mike Brown to the Vernon and Area Community Forum shows the cougar lounging in foliage off Commonage Road, near Bench Row Road. The photo was shared on Wednesday, May 25.
Close to 100 people have commented on the post, some urging residents in the area to keep pets indoors, others remarking on the beauty of the majestic cat.
The provincial government has advice for encounters between people and cougars. If you encounter a cougar, stay calm and keep the cougar in view, while picking up children immediately. Then, back away slowly and give the cougar a clear avenue of escape.
People are also advised to make themselves look as large as possible, keep the cougar in front of you and never turn your back on it. A sudden movement may provoke an attack.
While cougar attacks are very rare, according to WildSafeBC, if a cougar shows interest or follows you, respond aggressively; maintain eye contact, show your teeth and make loud noises. Arm yourself with rocks or sticks as weapons.