WATCH: Incredible video as Conservation Officers tranquilize a young cougar high in a tree near Florence Lake in Langford
A Langford family found a cougar in their backyard chicken coop this morning shortly after 7 a.m.
It had devoured two chickens.
“There were feathers everywhere, it was just kind of sitting there enjoying its time,” said Jacob Van Lierop.
The conservation office and West Shore RCMP were called to the rural property on Florence Lake Road.
With the help of cougar hounds, they managed to track the cat to a tree and shoot it with a tranquilizer dart.
The home owner was filming as the cat fell to the ground.
“They’re pretty tough animals and it should be able to survive that, it’s a young male, it’s a little on the thin side but we haven’t really had a good look at it yet,” said Conservation Officer Peter Pauwels.
Pauwels says the cougar is a male, roughly a year old, weighing about 60 to 70 pounds.
They will take it back to be assessed, and see if it is a good candidate for relocation.
“We went to the effort to try to tranquilize it, we got a little lucky and we were able to do so, it’s not always the case,” Pauwels said.
The conservation service says there are more young cougars being spotted right now than usual.
If you encounter a cougar you’re urged to keep your distance, don’t approach it, leave it an avenue of escape, and don’t turn your back on it.