Cougar sightings force park closure

KELOWNA — A section of Scenic Canyon Regional Park in East Kelowna is now closed after multiple cougar sightings.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan posted warning signs about the sightings earlier this week and after receiving additional reports of cougars spotted, decided to close the park between KLO Creek and Mission Creek, the McCulloch Road and Field Road parking lots and the Layer Cake Mountain Lookout that’s adjacent to Gallaghers Pinnacle Way.

“Visitors are reminded that anyone found inside a Regional Park that has been closed due to a potential hazard could be fined $500” says Regional District of Central Okanagan Communications Officer Bruce Smith.

“The Mission Creek Greenway from the Hollywood Road entrance to Scenic Canyon Regional Park to the Layer Cake Mountain Lookout is still open and is not affected by the latest closure.  The BC Conservation Officer Service continues to be updated by our staff whenever we receive reports of cougar sightings and activity in the park. ”

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If you spot a cougar or bear within any regional park you’re asked to call the Parks Service office at 250-469-6232 and the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.