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Cougar shot in North Vancouver was close to school

06/15/2015 03:35 EDT | Updated 06/15/2016 05:59 EDT
Conservation officers have killed a cougar in North Vancouver, after it was spotted preying on a domestic cat and raccoons on a property near Edgemont Village.

Officers received a call about a cougar attacking a domestic cat in the 3000 block of Highland Boulevard just before midnight Sunday.

After confirming the predator was a cougar, conservation officer Sgt. Todd Hunter says he was concerned the property was in a high traffic neighbourhood, close to a school.

At around 3 a.m. PT, the same property owner called to report the cougar had returned and was preying on two raccoons. Hunter then called in the tracking dogs.

The cougar — a female, estimated to be around 12 months old — was located just 30 or 40 metres from the property where it was originally spotted and, at approximately 8.30 a.m., Hunter says, it was destroyed.

It was considered "very threatening" in its proximity to a highly populated neighbourhood, he said, and, because it was so young, there is the possibility a sibling may be in the area.

He asked that people be vigilant and call the conservation service if they see another cougar in the area.

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