Officials on watch for cougar spotted near Kelso schools

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KELSO, WA (KPTV) - Kelso School District officials say a cougar was spotted near two schools Thursday afternoon.

The animal was seen around 3:30 p.m. near Coweeman Middle School and Kelso High School, according to the district.

Kelso police officers with assistance from Washington Fish and Wildlife set up a perimeter from a nearby mobile home park just east of Coweeman Middle School to Kelso High School.

A football game at the middle school was canceled Thursday and activities at the high school were delayed, according to the district.

As of Friday morning, the cougar had not been located. The district reports the schools have a combined student population of more than 2,200 students.

All outside classes, activities and athletics at the schools are “implementing safeguards to maximize the safety” of students and staff, the district says.

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