The Ashland Parks and Recreation department received reports of two cougar sightings Wednesday, June 22.

The Ashland Parks and Recreation department received reports of two cougar sightings Wednesday, June 22.

The first sighting took place at 4 a.m. in Lithia Park when a park employee spotted what he described as a large adult cougar, said Don Robertson, Ashland Parks and Recreation director. The cougar ran off soon after being seen.

"It was a close encounter of the cougar-kind," said Robertson.

Later in the morning about 10:30 a.m., citizens at North Mountain Park reported seeing a cougar described as small and younger looking. People at the park were collected and relocated to a nearby building. Officials contacted police, but the cougar was gone by the time they arrived.

"We don't know if it's the same cougar or not; they have a very large range," Robertson said.

Notices of the sightings have been posted in Lithia Park and North Mountain Park.