‘Blatant disregard for ethical hunting’: cougar kittens poached on Vancouver Island

The paws and heads of two kittens were removed in area northwest of Duncan

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act. (B.C. Conservation Officer Service)

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is asking the public for information related to the poaching of two cougar kittens near Hill 60 Forest Service Road sometime within the last week.

According to officers, the animals were found with their paws and heads removed.

Poaching wildlife is a serious offence under the BC Wildlife Act, reminds the Conservation Officer Service, and it is illegal to kill cougar kittens (any cougar with spots or under one year of age), or cougars in a family unit.

“The killing of cougar kittens shows a blatant disregard for ethical hunting and wildlife conservation,” said Duncan Conservation Officer Mark Kissinger. “Thankfully, this is not the type of offence we see frequently.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

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