Social media in Drumheller was lit up with talk about a cougar sighting near Rosedale on the weekend.
 
A couple reportedly ran across the big cat while hiking.
 
Fish and Wildlife officer Jeff Zimmer is still trying to confirm the sighting.
 
"I call them confirmed sightings if someone has a photo or I find tracks or scat or a cache kill or something like that," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "With a lot of these (reports) I would take them with a grain of salt and say that they were more likely a domestic cat or a bobcat."
 
"They frequent the area more than cougars do," he elaborated. "Wherever you've got people you're not going to have a cougar hanging around."
 
The last sighting of one of the big cats was last year near the Royal Tyrrell Museum, although cougar tracks can often be spotted in the snow on the river during winter.
 
"It wouldn't surprize me if we had a cougar move through the area, just because we do have lots of rabbits and deer and stuff around," conceded Zimmer. "It is possible, but as far as cougars go, they do not like human activity so we wouldn't have one hanging around or living in Rosedale."
 

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