A cougar was spotted near Edgemont Village in North Vancouver Monday morning where it was later shot and killed by conservation officers.
Just after 9 a.m. this morning, RCMP conservation officers arrived at a home in the 3200 block of Highland Boulevard, just one block away from the busy retail area of Edgemont Village.
The Conservation Office had been tracking the animal through North Vancouver for a couple hours with reports that the cougar was preying on a family cat and racoons.
It is likely the one-year-old cougar has a sibling nearby, according to Sergent Todd Hunter with the Conservation Office.
Many cougars have been spotted in North Vancouver in recent weeks, including one shot and killed near Capilano River and Park Royal Mall in mid-May.
The District of North Vancouver warns residents to look out for cougars as they are a dangerous threat to children, pets and hikers. Cougars seem to be attracted to children, possibly because their high-pitched voices, small size, and erratic movements make it difficult for cougars to identify them as human and not prey. The District suggests keeping children in groups and within a fenced in area and ensuring they are not outside unsupervised between dusk and dawn.
Residents should also keep garbage indoors or in a wildlife-proof container until the morning of garbage day, and keep their pets indoors at night.
If you encounter a cougar: