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tonight -- thompson is live in ashland. she tells us what happened during this encounter. and why some locals are still spooked about sightings. if you live or visit ashland there's a chance you might spot a cougar. or encounter one on a walk or run. that happened to someone right up this hill on monday morning. take two line imagine walking your dog along a trail and coming across this cougar. that's exactly what happened to someone monday morning. "i read about this sighting." we don't know the person that had the encounter. but they described the encounter on this citizen report website. the report says the cougar had cubs with it. and was very aggressive. the person stood their ground, stayed calm and acted big firmly telling the cougar to go away. kasey acker lives in ashland and is the one that shared this spotting with others. two line kasey "i got into the habitual habitat of checking it pretty often" she is talking about the citizen report website. she believes cougar sightings in ashland are common. "very common" when a sighting or encounter like this happens. not a lot of people are surprised, but people are spooked. acker has lived in ashland for more than 20 years. i asked her why she thinks people get so spooked, "hmmm" she had to think about it. " i would say that one, probably the most important thing is people don't really know what to do." the person that came across the cougar on the trail did the right thing. make yourself as big as possible. make loud noises. slowly back away, do not run. acker says she also hears about people carrying air horns with them. [a27]ashland cougar sighting-live tag we talked a lot about this citizen report last year when it was brand new. if you forgot about it or need a reminder of the link you can find it on our website kdrv dot com. live in ashland leah thompson newswatch 12. following up on a shooting we first brought you as