Does anyone know who owns a cheetah, spotted near Crawford Bay in the Kootenays?
TMTVNEWS.COM – Creston RCMP are asking the public to be on the lookout after residents in the Kootenays spotted an adult cheetah on Thursday.
The big cat was seen wandering alongside Highway 3A, between the small communities of Kootenay Bay and Crawford Bay on the east side of Kootenay Lake, around 4:30 in the afternoon.
Police and BC Conservation Services have been trying to find the animal, but so far have not been able to.
The cheetah does have an orange cloth collar, but officials say the public shouldn’t treat it as a pet if they see it.
“Until the animal is located people are asked to be vigilant while outdoors, especially with their small children and animals. BC Conservation Services advises that a cheetah is typically shy and less aggressive then other members of the Felidae Pantherineae (large cat) family,” says Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
“Regardless of it having a collar on, it should be considered and respected as a wild animal. Public safety along with the animal’s welfare are paramount at this time.”
If you see the cheetah, you’re asked not approach, but phone 911 or the Controlled Alien Species Unit of the British Columbia Conservation Service at (877)-952-7277.
Is the Cheetah on the loose one of Plato’s Cheetahs they were trying to bring to Kaslo back in July 2013? Police don’t know who owns the Cheetah and how it arrived near Crawford Bay & Kootenay Bay in the Kootenay area of southeast BC. “If the big cat is from the area, someone must know who own’s it and is being asked to come forward and call 911” say RCMP.
File Photo: Earl Pfeifer and Carol Plato hope to bring their cheetahs Robin and Annie Rose to Kaslo