Conservation officer Kyle Bueckert said the cougar could have come to Grand Forks from nearby Observation Mountain

B.C. cougar kills fawn next to home of Grand Forks wildlife official

The official says the cat hasn’t returned to the site of its kill in Lansdowne Cr.

A Grand Forks cougar took down a fawn next to the home of a provincial conservation officer Friday, Sept. 4.

Kyle Bueckert, who handles wildlife concerns for the Boundary area, said he attended the grisly scene at his neighbour’s front lawn in Landsdowne Crescent early Friday morning.

It was supposed to have been his day off, he said, but Bueckert stayed with the carcass until it was removed by a city crew a short time later.

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“The fawn had obvious puncture wounds to its neck,” he explained, adding that the cougar had “fed on” the young deer’s leg.

Bueckert said he set up a security camera over the kill site, but didn’t capture the predator on video over the weekend.

COs won’t attempt to trap or kill the cougar because it doesn’t pose a threat to area residents or their pets, he explained.

“You gotta let ‘em do their thing,” he said.

“It’s not surprising that this cougar came in to town — maybe from Observation Mountain — killed a deer, had a feed, and then left.”

It’s natural for cougars to prey on local deer, he said, stressing that the fawn had been killed at night, when big cats are normally active.

He estimated, very roughly, that there are between 200-300 deer in the Grand Forks area.


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