A cougar put down in Fernie over the weekend was no longer afraid of people.
This from Conservation Officer Ryan Gordon, who says the large cat was spotted several times wandering through residential yards.
“The Conservation Officer Service received multiple calls and responded with two officers. A cougar was located in the 4th Avenue area in Fernie,” Gordon says. “The conservation officers assessed the cat and based on its behaviour, the cougar was euthanized.”
Gordon says there have been a number of cougars seen around the community and in nearby trails recently.
“This particular cat had lost its fear of people. It actually approached the officers,” Gordon says. “Based on that behaviour, it was determined that it needed to be euthanized.”
He says any sightings within neighbourhoods should be called to conservation officers immediately, due to the risk they pose to pets and children.
– Ryan Gordon, BC Conservation Officer Service