The cougar was spotted on two separate occasions on April 16. Photo courtesy of Columbia and Western Trail Facebook page

The cougar was spotted on two separate occasions on April 16. Photo courtesy of Columbia and Western Trail Facebook page

Cougar spotted twice on Columbia and Western Trail near Castlegar

Cyclists and pedestrians are being asked to avoid using section of the trail in meantime

You’re being asked not to walk or cycle along a section of the Columbia and Western Trail between Coykendahl and Bulldog Tunnel after a cougar was spotted on two separate occasions last Thursday.

According to a post on the trail’s Facebook page, a motorist first spotted the cougar in the morning between five and seven kilometres east of the Bulldog Tunnel. A second motorist also spotted the cougar in the same area in the afternoon.

The cougar is a large adult male and wasn’t scared scared off by the vehicles during the surprise encounters.

A cougar was also spotted roaming along the trail closer to Castlegar earlier this month. It’s not known if it’s the same cougar spotted on the trail on April 16.

You’re asked to be extremely careful if you use the trail.

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