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The BC Conservation Officer Service is reaching out to the public public for information after two baby cougars were illegally shot and killed.

The illegal act occurred near Hill 60 Forest Service Road in the Cowichan Valley area.

Conservation officers believe the poaching incident took place within the last week and is classified as a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act.

The service says the paws and heads of the kittens had also been removed.

It is illegal to kill cougar kittens (any cougar with spots or under one year of age), or cougars in a family unit.

“The killing of cougar kittens shows a blatant disregard for ethical hunting and wildlife conservation,” said Duncan Conservation Officer Mark Kissinger.

“Thankfully, this is not the type of offence we see frequently.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

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