Not every human encounter with a big wild cat has a happy ending, but this one sure did.
Last Friday, a wild cougar made its way over to a residential area in the 100-block of Gorge Road East, prompting Victoria police, fire crews, and Conservation Officers to search for the animal.
Once spotted, officers released hounds which chased the big cat up a tree outside of Gorge Road Hospital.
The young feline was then tranquilized and carefully carried down from the tree by a firefighter, before it was ear tagged and relocated into the wilderness.
Check out these photos and videos of the incident:
Vancouver Island COS ear tagging a captured young cougar on the Gorge in Victoria. Thanks to @vicpdcanada, @VictoriaFire730 and VicAnimal Control for the combined work. Cougar was in good health and will be relocated back to the wilderness. pic.twitter.com/Iar9YTkPik
— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) April 27, 2019
— Extra Adventure (@ExtraAdventure) April 27, 2019
Our duty crews responded to a different type of rescue this evening, members assisted Conservation Officers and @vicpdcanada with the safe lowering of a tranquilized cougar from a tree along the Gorge. The big cat was taken by Conservation Officers for assessment. #yyjnews #iaff pic.twitter.com/F2HdoNWg9s
— Victoria Fire L-730 (@VictoriaFire730) April 27, 2019