Cougar euthanized in Lethbridge residential yard; “officers were faced with an aggressively posturing cougar just yards away”

Lethbridge, Alberta – (11-Sept-2021 7:29 PM) Lethbridge Police responded to a 9-1-1 call for assistance about 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2021 after a large cougar was observed on the loose in the Uplands subdivision.

Another witness had observed the animal, approximately six feet in length, jump a six-foot high fence from the adjacent alley into a residential yard in the 100-block of Bluefox Boulevard. The Public Safety Communication Centre had placed calls to Alberta Fish and Wildlife with no immediate response.

As police approached the area they noted a number of neighbourhood residents in the vicinity and entered the yard to ensure public safety. Officers had 9-1-1 dispatch call the home and neighbours to advise them to stay inside and away from the windows.

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(File Photo) Cougar

Once in the yard, the officers were faced with an aggressively posturing cougar just yards away. Unfortunately, the cougar had to be euthanized as it presented an immediate risk of life or injury to the public and officers if it was allowed to escape from the yard. One shot was fired and the cougar was killed.

A Fish and Wildlife officer arrived at the scene after the cougar had been euthanized and seized the animal for further examination.

Lethbridge Police would like to thank neighbourhood residents for their assistance and co-operation.

No further details are available at this time.

Lethbridge Police Service

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