01/08/2013 09:52 EST | Updated 03/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Gravelbourg Cougars: Saskatchewan Students On Alert After Wild Cats Spotted Near School

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GRAVELBOURG, Sask. - Residents of a southeastern Saskatchewan town are on alert this week after Saskatchewan Environment and the RCMP put out a warning about cougars spotted in Gravelbourg.

People on the southern edge of the community have seen the same one a few times near Ecole Secondaire College Mattieu, a kindergarten to grade 12 school.

Leo Michaud, who works in the school's maintenance department says after he heard the news, he wanted to see what he could find.

He says near a row of trees behind the football field he found huge pawprints.

The school says they have already warned parents of the sightings and will be taking precautions to make sure kids are safe at all times.

Michaud has lived in Gravelbourg his whole life, and says it's not the first time residents of the town have been warned about cougars in the area.

"There's always been sightings here and there. They come, they go,'' he said.

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