Cougar judged risk to public shot and killed in Clearwater

Cougar judged risk to public shot and killed in Clearwater

Animal was seen prowling through a subdivision, had killed a house cat

Police in Clearwater shot and killed what appeared to be a starving cougar that they say had little fear of humans.

RCMP Sgt. Grant Simpson says the animal was shot Tuesday after it was seen prowling through a subdivision.

Police were told it had killed a house cat, and members determined it posed a significant risk to the public.

When the cougar entered a home under construction, officers moved in and shot it.

Simpson says tranquilizing it was not an option because it appeared unhealthy and starving.

A necropsy will be done on the animal’s body that could determine why it was in such poor condition.

(CFJC)

The Canadian Press