09/18/2015 12:31 EDT | Updated 09/18/2016 01:12 EDT

Edmonton police kill cougar after big cat sighted roaming in neighbourhood

EDMONTON — Police have killed a cougar in an Edmonton neighbourhood.

The big cat was sighted Friday morning roaming in the city's west end.

Police say they contacted wildlife officers, who unsuccessfully tried to sedate the animal.

An officer then shot the cougar after it moved toward police.

Wildlife officials say there has been an increase in cougar sightings in Alberta and B.C. in recent years as the animals search for food in developed areas.

Last September wildlife officers killed a cougar in southeast Calgary near a hospital.

"The decision to shoot the animal was made in consideration of public safety and the safety of the officers in the area," Edmonton police said in a release. 


The Canadian Press