Local park rangers are warning the public to be careful around Bateman Island as more than one report has come in stating that a full grown cougar has been spotted on the popular Island.

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The reports which came in over the weekend have not been verified however a park ranger did say he spotted tracks that could be from a cougar.

Wildlife officials say to be aware of your surroundings and if you do happen to come into contact with a cougar the LAST thing you want to do is RUN.

According to Wildsafebc.com

 If you encounter a cougar, keep calm. Make yourself look as large as possible and back away slowly, keeping the cougar in view, and allowing a clear exit for the cougar. Pick up children and small pets immediately. Never run or turn your back- sudden movements may provoke an attack.

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