Cougar shot by cops in Port Moody 0
Port Moody police said they had no choice but to shoot a cougar in a residential neighbourhood. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
A large cougar weighing nearly 200 pounds was destroyed by police after it was found roaming a Port Moody neighbourhood and wouldn’t leave.
On Sunday night, Port Moody police said they were alerted after a large cougar was spotted — perched in a tree — in a residential yard.
It was the second time a cougar had been spotted in the area in the 100-block of April Road that day.
Police said they tried to call a conservation officer to the scene, but none could attend.
“Due to the cougar’s unwillingness to leave and its continued presence in the area that combined both residences and recreational trails, it was determined the cougar would need to be destroyed,” police said in a statement.
The force added that while cougar sightings in the city are rare, “they are indigenous to the area.”