Cougar spotted near Bluffdale Elementary captured, area considered secure

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BLUFFDALE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Bluffdale Elementary school was on shelter in place after a cougar sighting near the school Wednesday morning. 

Sandy Riesgraf, Director of Communications for Jordan School District says Bluffdale Elementary School located at 14323 82700 West says wildlife officials responded to the area to contain the cougar. 

Officials say they were able to capture the cougar and that the shelter in place has been lifted. 

The Division of Wildlife Resources team will be moving the cougar to a more remote location. 


  • Stop. Never run from a cougar. Do not approach the cougar.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Pick up children and pets or keep them very close.
  • Stand up tall.
  • Do not crouch or squat.
  • Make yourself look bigger by raising and waving your arms or jacket above your head.
  • Talk firmly in a loud voice, back away slowly and leave the area.
  • Fight back if you are attacked! Protect your head and neck.
  • If you are aggressive enough the cougar will probably flee.

If you have an encounter with aggressive wildlife, please alert the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) office near you. If the encounter or sighting occurs after hours or on the weekend, please call your local police department or county sheriff’s office, who can contact a conservation officer to handle the situation. Click here for more information.

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