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Cougar Shot In Coquitlam River Park

05/30/2013 01:09 EDT | Updated 07/30/2013 05:12 EDT
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COQUITLAM, B.C. - A cougar has been shot and killed by conservation officers at a popular park in Metro Vancouver.

The big cat was tracked overnight after Coquitlam River Park in Coquitlam, B.C., was closed as a precaution on Wednesday afternoon.

Trails were taped off and warning signs were posted following repeated sightings of an overly bold animal.

Insp. Chris Doyle confirms a cougar was shot Thursday morning as it climbed into a tree.

He says it was showing signs of aggressiveness and was potentially looking at humans as a source of food so the decision was made to kill it rather than try to relocate it.

The park remains closed while conservation officers confirm there are no other cougars prowling through the same neighbourhoods. (CKNW, News1130)

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