The cougar that led to a Coweeman Middle School football game being canceled on Thursday had not been tracked down as of late Friday afternoon.
The animal was seen around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday near the 2300 block of Allen Street. Shortly after the sighting, Kelso police posted on Facebook that a credible witness saw the “overgrown feline” from less than 20 yards away as it made its way through the Brookhollow Mobile Home Park.
Kelso police, with the assistance from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up a perimeter from the mobile home park to the high school in hopes of containing the cougar in the wooded area northwest of the high school soccer field.
Law enforcement officials also used a drone to look for the cougar from above.
However, the cougar did not turn up again.
The Kelso School District released a statement about the cougar Friday morning, reminding local families and students that “a cougar is not a house cat and should not be approached.”
The district plans to teach students about the precautions they can take to stay safe from wildlife.
“(Friday) morning, early in the teacher in-service training, we talked about the sightings and how to remind the students on Monday about being aware of your surroundings and that it’s best to travel in groups,” said Michele Larsen, district spokesperson.
A list of “do’s and don’ts in cougar country,” published by Fish and Wildlife, is available online.
Local law enforcement officials are encouraging anyone who sees a cougar to call 911 immediately.
Providing details about the sighting can assist officers in “zeroing in on this pesky menace,” Kelso police posted on Facebook Thursday.