Police responding to a cougar sighting near a Metro Vancouver elementary school were in for a surprise when they found the big cat was smaller than expected — much smaller.

In fact, the supposed 150-pound cougar turned out to be a “large domestic cat.”

A woman who lives in the South Surrey neighbourhood reported that a cat “maybe 150lbs” had walked down the road in front of her neighbours’ house Monday.

The kitty in question seemed to be minding its own business in the wooded area around the elementary school.