Big cat sighting on Duncan Avenue in Penticton

Duncan Avenue East residents reported seeing a cougar in the neighbourhood early this morning, July 21.
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PENTICTON - A mid-city street was the location of a cougar sighting in Penticton early this morning.

Penticton Conservation Officer Mike Stern says the conservation office answered a call placed at approximately 12:30 a.m., July 21, by residents who said they possibly saw a cougar running across Duncan Avenue East, towards them.

The two residents managed to scare the cougar back across the street, who then climbed a tree where it stayed for approximately three minutes.

The conservation office has not yet been able to confirm the sighting and are monitoring calls for further evidence.

Anyone seeing a cougar in the vicinity of Duncan Avenue can report the sighting on the Ministry of Environment RAPP line, 1-877-952-7277.

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