By Rebecca teBrake, Vancouver SunJune 19, 2009
The cougar killed after an attack on a three-year-old Squamish child on Tuesday night was little more than a cub.
A necropsy done by the provincial veterinarian confirmed the cougar was just over 12 months-old.
“It was a young cougar that was probably inexperienced at hunting,” said Squamish conservation officer Chris Doyle. “[Young cougars] may be hungry and they are looking for a new place to survive.”
Cougars leave their mothers between 10-14 months, said Paul Beier, a researcher at Northern Arizona University, who has been studying cougars for nearly two decades.
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