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More cougar sightings in Coldstream

Conservation Officers will be at Coldstream Elementary school on Monday morning, to warn students and teachers of a cougar that has been sighted in the area.

The cat was seen walking along a fence approximately 100 yards from the school on Sunday and Conservation believes it may have killed a domestic dog in the area.

According to CO Josh Lockwood, officers will be patrolling the school yard throughout the day.

"The cougar was reported to be in four different people's back yard's Sunday morning. One caller observed the cougar up on a deck of a residence."

Officer's set up a Tru Live Capture trap at a residence on Tebo Road in Coldstream Sunday night, but the animal was not captured.

Lockwood says the cougar will likely be euthanized once located, as it cannot be relocated.

He explains that if the cat is relocated, it may end up in another cougar's territory and will ultimately be killed, or it could be placed in an area without a reliable food source.

It is also believed this cougar has killed a domestic pet and therefore has become too comfortable around humans.

Lockwood asks parents to be vigilant when sending their children to school, saying they should walk in groups and never alone.

There have been several issues with cougars in the Coldstream/ North Okanagan area in the last week, just days ago conservation destroyed a three-year-old female cat and over the weekend a male cougar in poor health was shot after it killed two goats on a farm.

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