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UPDATED: Fourteen new Wildfires started overnight after lightning storm hit southeast BC

Several lightning strikes last evening has resulted in 14 new wildfires in the West Kootenay area of southeast BC. The fire danger rating in most of the Southeast Fire Centre is currently “high”, with some areas rated “extreme” in the Cranbrook, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones.

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Cheetah on the loose in the Kootenays – VIDEO

Does anyone know who owns a cheetah, spotted near Crawford Bay in the Kootenays?


1_cheeta2“Until the animal is located people are asked to be vigilant while outdoors, especially with their small children and animals”. say RCMP

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



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Cat with severed tail tossed ‘like trash’ at dump in Cranbrook

TMTVNEWS.COM, Cranbrook BC Canada – She was discarded at the dump, her legs tied together, bleeding from several wounds, not moving but alive.


Her tail had been severed and she was extremely dehydrated and emaciated. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan found the black cat, named Malala, and took her straight to the East Kootenay BC SPCA Branch, where she was immediately rushed to a veterinarian for emergency care.

“She was bleeding a lot from her tail, which had been cut off, and she had several open wounds on her feet, legs and head,” says BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch manager Brenna Baker. “It horrifies me to think that someone might do something like this to any animal, then leave her at the dump, suffering and in pain, tossed away like so much trash.”

The vet cleaned Malala’s wounds, performed surgery on her tail and gave her fluids. Now, she’s recovering in the warmth of the SPCA shelter, under the attention and care of staff and volunteers who hope to give her a chance at a better life in a loving, forever home.

“She is such a sweet pea and so full of love,” Baker says. “She’s got a long road to recovery, but we’re grateful to the man who spotted her at the Elko transfer station and wasted no time getting her to us.”

The cost of Malala’s medical care is expected to be nearly $1,200. A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to help British Columbia’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Malala and other animals like her at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch, visit spca.bc.ca/medicalemergency or drop off donations in person at 3339 Highway 3 and 95, Cranbrook.

If anyone has any information on how Malala came to be at the Elko transfer station, they are encouraged to call the BC SPCA cruelty hotline, at 1-855-622-7722.