On 2016-09-05 at approximately 9:00 pm, Sooke RCMP responded to a report of a cougar attempting to get into a residence in the 7100 block of Grant Rd, in Sooke, BC.
The homeowner indicated that a large cougar had come up on their deck and approached the house. The cougar attempted to walk into the residence, however, the animal hit its face on the large glass door which prevented entry into the house.
Officer attended to ensure the cougar had left the area.
While in the backyard of the residence, one officer encountered the cougar approximately eight metres away when it lifted its head from the grassy area. The officer made numerous attempts to get the cougar to flee the area, to no avail. During several minutes of interaction with the animal, the cougar began squaring off with the member, presenting an aggressive crouching stance.
The cougar was in a residential area of Sooke, and met human confrontation with aggression. An had made an attempt to get into an occupied home. The officer made the decision to shoot the animal and did so.
“Sooke Detachment members are held to a high standard when the decision is made to euthanize an animal such as a bear or a cougar,” said Sooke RCMP S/Sgt Jeff McArthur. “I find the decision in this case to be completely sound, and in compliance with direction given and RCMP policy. It is always sad for us to have to shoot a magnificent animal such as a cougar, but the safety of the community comes first.”
ADDED: The BC Conservation Officer Service were contacted during this call and attended the scene to pick up the cougar’s carcass.
S/Sgt. Jeff McArthur, Sooke RCMP Detachment Commander
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