Lapwai schools' are on high alert with two separate cougar sightings

LAPWAI, ID - Faculty at Lapwai schools are taking extra precautions, to ensure the safety of their students.

Two separate cougar sightings in the area have officials from both the elementary and high schools on high alert. Nobody is allowed to come and go from the buildings freely, and parent permission is required for students to leave campus.

"We're definitely following our cougar sighting emergency management plan procedures, which includes keeping students indoors until Nez Perce Tribal Police tells us we're safe," said Superintendent David Aiken.

Tribal Police Chief, Dave Rogers said all available officers were out looking for the mountain lion. Extra patrols will be used around school areas as well. Officials said cougars often move closer to town as temperatures get cooler and their food sources start to dwindle.