Alright, I don’t usually ever make posts about stuff that goes on in Calgary, but both my mother and I are outraged by this.
This happened this morning in Calgary, Alberta. A cougar (reportedly there were two - my step father who was at the building at the time of the sighting said that he was told there were definitely two) was found wandering in a building across the street from a hospital. The building was still being worked on by a construction crew, no people inhabited it.
Once the cougar(s) were reported, the hospital itself was shut down and Fish & Wildlife officers were called.
After following it to a back field (where it was at the time of the shooting) it was soon shot, tried to flee, and shot again.
Officers claim two different stories. One says that they tried to tranquilize it and it didn’t work, so they shot it (even though they didn’t wait nearly long enough for the tranq to even kick in) and another says that they were planning to but decided not to as the animal was “filled with adrenaline” and “appeared to be too agitated” when really, as caught on VIDEO, the animal was laying in the grass.
This part of Calgary is on the very edge of the city. Basically, right next to areas where the cougar could have easily wandered into. It was not in the middle of the city - it was also so early in the morning that there were hardly any people around for it to endanger, except inside the hospital, which was put on lock down.
A woman who witnessed it claims the same. “It was just snoozing in the grass,” she said. “When they shot it, I thought they tranquilized, but I guess they didn’t … Seeing an animal shot like that is heartbreaking.”
My step father was working there at the time, and he not only heard the shots himself but he listened a second time on the news video. He knows guns. He hunts all the time, he owns more than a handful and he definitely knows the difference between the sound of a rifle and the sound of a tranquilizer gun, and he says that there is no way the first or any of the shots fired were tranquilizers. They were aimed to kill, not knock out.
Basically, the officers here (four of them) cornered the cougar, shot it despite the fact that it easily could have been tranquilized and even though it tried to escape, and then tried to claim as well that there was something wrong with the cat and that they were justified.
I call absolute bullshit.
They are trigger-happy pieces of shit, and I hope they get what they deserve.