A charge has been laid under the National Parks Act in Alberta.
A statement from Parks Canada notes that a man has been charged with disturbing wildlife and possession of a firearm after he allegedly harassed a cougar with a slingshot, which is considered a firearm under the Parks Canada Act.
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The alleged incident took place on May 31 near Lake Louise, when a cougar found itself on the wrong side of the highway wildlife fencing, and a man allegedly took the opportunity to harass the wild animal.
Park wardens arrived on scene to help guide the animal to the proper side of the fencing, and used vehicle descriptions and photos to locate the man’s vehicle. After multiple arrests were made, one man was charged under two counts and the matter is now before Canmore Provincial Courts, reads the Parks Canada statement.
“Parks Canada takes all reports of wildlife harassment seriously,” notes the statement.
“Incidents of wildlife harassment, as well as animals on the wrong side of highway wildlife fencing, should be reported to Banff Dispatch by calling 403-762-1470.”