July 1, 2014 2:53 pm

Port Moody Police forced to kill cougar who wouldn’t leave residential area

The cougar in a tree.

Port Moody Police

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Port Moody Police were forced to destroy and remove a large cougar on Monday night after it was spotted in a tree in a residential area.

Officers first responded to a call at about 8 p.m. of a cougar in a tree in the 100-block of April Road.

Cst. Luke van Winkel with the Port Moody Police said this was the second report of the cougar in the area that day. Officers contacted the Conservation Service but no officer was able to come out and deal with the animal.

Van Winkel said due to the cougar’s unwillingness to leave and its presence in an area with homes and trails, the cougar would need to be destroyed. This was a large cougar, weighing about 200 lbs.

While cougar sightings in the Port Moody area are rare, they are indigenous to the area just like bobcats, bears and coyotes.

The cougar. Credit: Port Moody Police.

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