Not the cougar(s) reported in Trail. (THE NEWS/files)

Cougar alert for the Glenmerry neighbourhood of Trail

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue issued the alert at 2:30 p.m. Friday

Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue is alerting Glenmerry residents that the station received a call about two cougars roaming in the Iris Crescent area.

The advisory was issued shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

RCMP and the BC Conservation Service will be patrolling.

According to WildsafeBC, attacks by cougars are rare but can be fatal, especially if young children are involved.

Cougars in conflict are usually young cougars that have not yet learned how to hunt efficiently and are looking for an easy target, or are older cougars that can no longer hunt efficiently in the wilds.

WildsafeBC advises 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.

If you notice that a cougar that is watching you, maintain eye contact with the cougar and speak to it in a loud firm voice. Reinforce the fact that you are a human and not an easy target. Back out of the area and seek assistance or shelter.

If a cougar shows aggression, or begins following you, respond aggressively in all cases as cougars see you as a meal: keep eye contact, yell and make loud noises. Pick up nearby sticks, rocks, or whatever you have at hand to quickly to use as a weapon if necessary- crouch down as little as possible when picking things up off the ground. If the cougar attacks, fight back, focusing on its facial and eye area. Use rocks, sticks, bear spray, or personal belongings as weapons. You are trying to convince the cougar that you are a threat, and are not prey.

Call the Conservation Officer Service reporting line (1-877-952-7277) to report the incident.

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