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Injured cougar killed

Conservation officers shot and killed an injured cougar in Coldstream Tuesday.

Officers received a report at 5 a.m. that a full-sized adult cat was observed a half-block from Kidston Elementary School.

“Officers from Vernon and Kelowna responded and just before noon, they found a track with blood in it,” said Sgt. Josh Lockwood of the North Okanagan Conservation Office service.

The track was followed to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, where officers came upon the injured cougar.

“He had bites all over him and it looked like his left leg was nearly amputated above the left front paw,” said Lockwood, who believes the cat was involved in a territorial dispute with another cougar.

 

 

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