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Vancouver police called to help conservation officers capture exotic cat

The B.C. Conservation Officer Services helped the Vancouver RCMP round up a Savannah Cat that went out for a stroll in Vancouver.
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Officers from the Vancouver Police Department were called in as backup for local conservation officers in an effort to capture what appeared to be an exotic feline predator.

While the pattern in the cat's fur may make it appear to be a ferocious animal, it wasn’t a cougar, cheetah or 200 pound jaguar, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service reported.

The creature is a Savannah cat, and they aren't considered Controlled Alien Species under the Wildlife Act.

“We appreciate the public calling in tips so it could be safely reunited with its owner,” the conservation officer service said.

READ MORE: B.C. SPCA launches petition to end exotic animal trade

Cats that are considered Controlled Alien Species include cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, tigers and exotic lynxes.

“Controlled alien species are animal species that are not native to our province and are therefore not considered wildlife,” according to the provincial government.

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