Cougar spotted in Nelson the past couple of days

Nelson police are warning residents about a cougar that's been seen in the Fairview area the past two days.

Sightings have been reported from the 4-hundred block of Chatham Street, the 600 Block of Nelson Avenue and Sproat Drive areas.

Residents are encouraged to monitor their children closely outdoors and to bring their pets in at night.

BC Conservation has been advised.

Meanwhile some safety tips, never approach or turn your back on  a cougar.

Immediately and forcefully show the animal that you're a human by waving your arms and being vocal.

Never run away as it may trigger a chase response, and If a cougar attacks, fight back.