Cops cuff cougar
2022-02-16 14:31 PST
File # 2022-2717
Maple Ridge B.C- Ridge Meadows RCMP go above and beyond to assist with the relocation of a cougar in busy Maple Ridge neighborhood.
On February 13, 2022 at 3:00 pm, Ridge Meadows RCMP received a call from a resident stating that they had seen a cougar in their backyard. A frontline officer and BC Conservation officer attended the 11800 block of 230th Street and located the cougar.
Due to the dense populated area and the risk to the public, with it being a beautiful day and people out in their backyards, the Conservation officer advised there was a high likelihood the animal might need to be euthanized.
After a discussion it was determined that Police could provide enough resources to adequately secure the surrounding area, the neighbouring residents would all stay inside their houses and conservation officers would tranquilize the cougar with over watch from officers.
The cougar was safely tranquilized and cuffs were utilized until the conservation officer could secure the cougar for appropriate transport and relocation to an undisclosed area.
"Thank you to all the residents who stayed inside and assisted with the best possible outcome for this animal." States Sgt. Heisler. "We certainly did not want to see this beautiful creature euthanized and so, due to the public’s assistance, the cougar was able to be relocated safely."
Cpl. Julie KlaussnerMedia Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows Detachment
11990 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X 9B8
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