A B.C. conservation officer was attacked and injured by a cougar in the Kootenay region Tuesday night.
The officer responded to a complaint of a cougar trying to enter a home in the community of Salmo, south of Nelson around 7 p.m.
Deputy Chief Chris Doyle says this is the first time in his 20-year career that an officer has been hurt by a cougar.
“While investigating this complaint, the conservation officer was attacked without provocation by a juvenile cougar. The conservation officer was forced to kill the cougar to stop the attack,” he says.
Acting Officer in Charge of the Kootenay region Tobe Sprado says there’s actually been more incidents with wild cats over the past few weeks.
“In around Salmo, there’s been a total of 14 complaints since April. And of those 14, ten of them were from this month of February.”
The officer who was attacked Tuesday only received minor injuries.