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Cougar caught in Pincher Creek!

Monday, 24 September 2012. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

A cougar was spotted Monday morning in Pincher Creek!

The (approximately) 75-pound yearling male cat was in a tree between St. Michael's Catholic church and St. Michael's School on Christie Avenue at 7:15 a.m.

Fish and Wildlife officer Perry Abramenko was called to the scene, and the cougar was tranquilized and relocated safely.

Deer are the primary food source for cougars, and Peace Officer Nigel Whittington says the cougar likely followed some deer into town.

Read these tips from Alberta Environment Sustainable Resource Development regarding cougar encounters.

http://www.srd.alberta.ca/RecreationPublicUse/CougarsOutdoorRecreation/IfYouEncounterACougar.aspx

Photos courtesy of Nigel Whittington

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Peace officer Nigel Whittington with the tranquilized cougar Monday morning in Pincher Creek. 

 

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Where's Waldo? Can you spot the cougar?

 

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Brent Sinclair, left, and Fish and Wildlife officer Perry Abramenko checked out the cougar after the tranquilizer took effect.

 

And more photos courtesy of Pat Neumann - the cougar was in his back yard!

 

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A good idea of the size of the cougar!

 

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Sleepy kitty

 

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While the cat was under sedation it was assessed and tagged. Look at the size of those claws!

Yikes!!

 

Be safe!

 

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