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Police forced to kill cougar

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NANAIMO, B.C.—Mounties in Nanaimo, B.C. shot and killed a cougar that has been spotted prowling in the area for weeks.

RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien said they received numerous reports of a cougar roaming the docks and fish-cleaning station around the Nanaimo Yacht Club early yesterday.

He added it's believed the animal had some interactions with people in the area and was showing no fear of humans.

O'Brien said the officer took the safety of the public into consideration when they shot and killed the animal, which then fell into the water.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service recently had set up several traps on nearby Newcastle Island in an attempt to capture a cougar alive, which the service's Stuart Bates said was likely the same animal.

Bates noted they were “trying hard to avoid” killing the cougar but because the animal showed no fear around humans, the officers had little choice.

He added Mounties don't carry tranquilizer guns.

“Even when you tranquilize an animal, it can take 20 minutes before the drugs kick in,” Bates said.

“It can run a long way in 20 minutes.”

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