05/22/2013 08:01 EDT | Updated 07/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Cougar Stalks Belcarra House Pets


BELCARRA, B.C. - A cougar with a taste for house pets is prowling in the Metro Vancouver community of Belcarra, just west of Port Moody.

RCMP were called to the wooded, rural neighbourhood overlooking Indian Arm at about 8:20 Tuesday night when a family reported the cougar had snatched their dog.

A 16-year-old tried to scare off the big cat, but it took a swipe at him, too, before dropping its prey.

The pooch was pulled to safety, but the cougar prowled around the house for several minutes before slinking away.

A conservation officer has been called to the area but there's no word if the cougar has been tracked.

Area residents report seeing it in the neighbourhood and also say several house cats have recently vanished. (CKNW)

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