Kelowna cops, conservation crack the case of the cold cougar

The cougar in an alcove.
Image Credit: RCMP HO

KELOWNA - This is a cat tale with a happy ending.

Kelowna RCMP say a large cougar that took refuge outside a Cooper Road apartment building was tranquilized and removed to be released into the wild again.

In a release, Const. Steve Holmes says police were called just before 9 p.m. last night, Jan. 8, from nervous residents of the building in the 2100 block of Cooper. They reported a large female cougar was resting in a decorative brick alcove just outside the main entrance doors. 

"The tenants wisely kept their distance, and stayed inside the building until police arrived," Holmes says. 

Police kept a close eye until B.C. Conservation Officer Service arrived and shot the cat with a tranquilizer dart. The cat ran but not far before the tranquilizer took her down.

"Clearly this situation ended in the best possible way," Holmes says. "People were prudent in leaving the cougar alone and the Conservation Officers did a terrific job in dealing with this beautiful but dangerous animal, protecting both her and the public in the process."

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