Cougar captured near Nanaimo, B.C. daycare safely released into wilderness

The cougar was first spotted hanging around the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Vancouver Island — a little too close to comfort for people.

That’s when the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service was called to help capture the big cat. By 9 a.m. March 3, officials, with the help of hounds, tracked the cougar to parking lot outside a daycare centre, which was also an unnerving sight.

Along with help from wildlife biologists with the province’s forests ministry, the cougar was safely shot with a tranquilizer dart. That’s when officials could have a good look at the cat.

Which was a very good looking cat.

The captured cougar. Photo: BCCOS/Facebook

“There was no conflict history or reports of aggressive behaviour associated with this cougar and the decision was made to relocate the animal,” the BCCOS said in a statement.

It turned out to be a healthy male cougar that may have wandered further into town in search of deer.

The cat was placed in a live trap and taken outside of the city to a more suitable wilderness habitat where it was successfully released.

It was definitely a good day at the office.

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