MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4 News)- Two schools were on shelter-in-place Tuesday morning after three cougars were spotted in the Olympus Cove area, school officials said.

Wildlife officials and law enforcement are currently in the area looking for the animals.

Nearby schools, Oakridge Elementary and Churchill Junior High, were placed on shelter-in-place as a precaution, but that protocol has since been lifted.

Both schools will continue to have indoor activities and recess throughout the day.

“We would caution parents that, since the cougars have not been located, that they provide adult supervision if their children will be walking home from school,” a tweet from Granite School District stated.

What to do if you see a cougar:

  • 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 any further information please contact HPD at 801-840-4000 or the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources at 801-538-4700.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as more information becomes available.

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