Victoria Police say officers had to shoot and kill a cougar spotted prowling near a school in Esquimalt Sunday night.
Officers responded after a woman walking with her children reported seeing the animal on Fernhill Road just before 9pm.
Police contacted the BC Conservation Officer Service, who advised that relocating the cougar was not going to be an option. Police tracked the animal to an area near Rock Heights Middle School, and were able to kill the animal with a single shot, once they determined it was safe to do so.
Our officers had to dispatch a #cougar that had been spotted in the 600-block of Fernhill road in #Esquimalt across from the Esquimalt Plaza and Bullen park just before 9 this evening. The animal was originally spotted by a mom walking with her children and was located about 200 metres from Rock Heights school. Our officers contacted Conservation Officers, who indicated that tranquilizing and relocating the animal was not an option. The animal was dispatched by our officers with a single shot when safe to do so in order to protect those in the surrounding area: a sad, but necessary duty.