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ASHLAND, Ore. -- Police say a cougar was spotted near Bellview Elementary Thursday around 6 a.m. Officers did patrols around the school throughout the day. They have not found the cat.
The sighting adds to the several others that happened this week.
Police Chief Tighe O'Meara said given the time of day and the vicinity of the school to nearby foothills, it isn't that uncommon for a cat to wander by the area.
The school sent out an alert to parents detailing the sighting. Students were kept inside for recess until police gave the all-clear.
Bellview parent Emily Trivette said she's thankful the school takes situations like this seriously.
"I'm really familiar with the school and I know the students' safety is of utmost importance and if there was something to be really concerned about, we would have heard about it," Trivette said.
O'Meara said the department is currently working on a new community mapping system that will allow residents to see places cougars have been spotted and to report them.
He said that system should be up and running in the next couple of days.