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Conservation officers monitoring cougar sightings in Charlie Lake

Conservation officers say they're monitoring reports of cougar sightings in the Charlie Lake area. The cougar may have followed prey into the community, however, their presence is not a concern at this point, according to officials.
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Conservation officers say they're monitoring reports of cougar sightings in the Charlie Lake area.

The cougar may have followed prey into the community, however, their presence is not a concern at this point, according to officials.

"We do live in British Columbia and that means Cougars are present and co-exist with us without conflicts all the time," said officer Tristan Montjoy.

Residents in the area have reported spotting a cougar, and paw prints in the Paradise area of Charlie Lake.

The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club said Friday that a deer kill found on one of its trails in the Beatton Provincial Park was most likely killed by a cougar. The club is asking hikers and skiiers to be vigilant when on the trails.

The public is encouraged to report further sightings by calling 1-877-952-7277.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.