(Photo by Josh DeLeenheer)

Saanich police have issued a statement about a cougar that was spotted on Thursday evening.

The feline was first sighted on the main trail in Outerbridge Park near Blenkinsop Rd and Royal Oak Dr at around 7:45 p.m. today.

The cougar is described as a juvenile – about the same stature as a medium sized dog – grey in colour, with a very long tail.

It was last seen walking along a secondary trail toward a group of townhouses.

Police say Conservation Service has been notified.