An adult cougar was destroyed by the BC Conservation Officer Service (COS) in Alpine Meadows on Friday, July 12, 2019.
The cougar had been frequently observed between Lost Lake and the Emerald and Alpine neighbourhoods and has killed numerous domestic pets. In addition, the cougar was observed travelling through high-use residential areas during the daytime and did not respond to hazing efforts. This level of habituation is very unusual. Cougars are normally elusive and sightings are rare.
The COS treated this situation as high priority and monitored the area throughout the past four weeks. A wildlife alert was issued on July 11, and “Cougar in Area” signs were posted in Meadow Park.
On July 12, the cougar’s rapidly escalating behaviour triggered the COS’s decision to destroy it, as it displayed a level of habituation that constituted a public safety hazard.
Residents and visitors are reminded to report sightings of large predators in residential areas by phoning the COS at 1-877-952-7277.
Conservation Officers are notified daily about sightings and immediately in emergencies. Calling the COS when you first see a large predator in your neighborhood or yard gives the COS more options for management.
Learn more about cougars at whistler.ca/cougars