The cliché “lucky to be alive” is an appropriate way to sum up the fate of a cougar that inspired a dramatic chase through parts of Victoria earlier this week.
People on social media buzzed with excitement about the large cat, which was tranquilized and not killed Monday after it stalked its way through back alleys and over fences in a neighbourhood near downtown.
“They better not kill it,”warned Sarah Butts.
James Bay neighbours watched from their balconies as Victoria police and conservation officers with dogs tracked the animal.
Sgt. Scott Norris with British Columbia Conservation Officer Service says when it comes to tranquilizing animals on the loose, it’s a case-by-case basis.
“It often comes down to public safety and how things play out,” he told Yahoo Canada News. “If a cougar is showing signs of aggression towards people, and it’s taking livestock and