An otherwise healthy, young cougar found dead in Coldstream Park in November died from illness.

An otherwise healthy, young cougar found dead in Coldstream Park in November died from illness.

Poisoning not suspected in death of cougar

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of a young cougar found in Coldstream Park in November

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of a young cougar found in Coldstream Park in November.

District of Coldstream public works crews came across the deceased animal Nov. 7 upon opening the park.

Results from a necropsy on the cat with the provincial veterinarian revealed a gastrointestinal condition as well as a heart condition, which paired together resulted in the death.

“It basically was a sick cat,” said Mike Richardson, conservation officer. “There was no poisoning suspected.”

The female cougar, who was under two years, was in good physical shape and weighed approximately 30 kilograms.

“Unfortunately, just like humans, animals do succumb to illness from time to time,” said Richardson.

The cat had been seen alive in the park the night prior to its discovery.

“It was probably looking for things to eat,” said Richardson. “Easy food if it was sick.”

With the recent cold spell, activity has slowed right down for conservation officers.

“All the bears are pretty much in bed,” said Richardson.

 

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