Monday, July 30, 2007

Cougar that stalked golfers is killed in B.C.

Allen Best
Vail, CO Colorado
July 23, 2007

WHISTLER, B.C. — He chased several bicycle riders this summer. He looked into windows. And finally, the cougar was seen on the fringes of the golf course at Whistler's Fairmont Chateau, allegedly stalking golfers.

With that, the cougar, also called a mountain lion, was killed.

Chris Doyle, Whistler conservation officer, told Pique Newsmagazine that cougars rarely are interested in people. This one was.

“We pretty much knew, given its past history, that it was going to be destroyed before it hurt somebody,” Doyle said.

He said an autopsy would be conducted to determine whether an injury or illness caused the cougar's aberrant behavior.

If no permit was available for the pelt, the body was to be put in the forest to be picked over by scavengers.

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