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Cougar destroyed near Blueberry this morning

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
February 27th, 2012

A local Conservation officer was forced to destroy a cougar this morning after a car accident left the animal injured near Blueberry, according to RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew.

 

“At approximately 6 a.m., Castlegar RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident in which a vehicle had struck a cougar on highway 22 in the Blueberry/Fairview area,” she said. “The driver of the vehicle was not injured, however he called police because he hit the cougar hard and he feared it was injured when it ran off.

 

“The Conservation Officer was called out, and he, along with tracking dogs, tracked the cougar into the canyon area at Blueberry Creek,” she added. “The cougar, which had suffered a broken hind leg in the collision, was euthanized.”

 

She went on to explain that the cougar was not emaciated, but was thin. 

 

“It is not known for sure if this is the same cougar that has been spotted in the Blueberry area recently.”

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