KANANASKIS, Alberta, Aug. 3 (UPI) — A cougar that attacked a Canadian girl has been shot and killed by conservation officers, officials said.
The big cat attacked the girl Sunday while she was hiking with her family near Barrier Lake in Bow Valley Provincial Park in the Kananaskis area of Alberta, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.
The girl was saved by her father, who drove the cougar off. She suffered only minor cuts and puncture wounds, the CBC said.
Conservation officers tracked down and killed the animal.
“It’s attacked a human. It would do it again,” said Glenn Naylor, a district conservation officer.
A litter mate of the cougar was put down last month after it attacked a dog with a group of hikers near Canmore.
Both cats were less than 2 years old.
“The mother ended her life prematurely or they got kicked out early and they didn’t know what they were doing,” Naylor said. “They were very poorly educated and basically anything that moves was potential prey and unfortunately small children definitely attract cougars’ attention.”
There are about 2,000 cougars in Alberta, Mark Boyce, a professor of biology at the University of Alberta, estimates.