Police in New Westminster say a cougar is dead after the large cat was spotted prowling around a residential neighbourhood on Halloween.
Police took to social media earlier in the evening to warn the public about the sighting, urging everyone to be careful and to keep pets indoors.
Officers eventually located the cougar several blocks from where it was originally reported.
Police say the animal posed a significant risk to the public and had to be put down.
Conservation officers were called in earlier last month to downtown Victoria when a cougar was spotted bounding over fences and through backyards in the neighbourhood surrounding the B.C. legislature.
In that case officers were able to tranquilize the animal and relocate it into the wild.
We were able to locate the cougar blocks from where it was first spotted. Unfortunately due to public risk it had to be destroyed.— New West Police (@NewWestPD) November 1, 2015
We are dealing with a reported cougar sighting in the 400 blk Glenbrook Drive. Keep pets inside and use caution if walking in the area.— New West Police (@NewWestPD) November 1, 2015