Thursday, July 16, 2009

Canada: 3 cougars near B.C. town shot and killed

Three cougars believed to be stalking humans in B.C. town shot and killed


PRINCETON, B.C. - Mounties in Princeton, B.C., are warning residents to be alert after three cougars believed to be stalking humans had to be shot and killed.

RCMP say the three incidents took place during the last two weeks and all three involved "killer cats," cougars who are young, have little fear of humans, and see children as quick and easy prey.

In the first incident, a cougar was spotted prowling at a local campsite and was killed by conservation officers.In the second, a cougar who was stalking two young children as they swam in a river was shot and killed by a resident who told police the animal was about to attack.

And in the third, Mounties killed a cougar who had crept close to a field where hundreds of people had gathered for a baseball tournament.

Conservation officers in Princeton, about 300 kilometres east of Vancouver, are hoping this is the last they'll see of cougars this year, but are warning residents to keep an eye out nonetheless.
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