Conservation officers shot and killed a cougar that was prowling around the Park Sands Beach Resort on Saturday.
The cougar was first sighted as it walked along Island Highway towards the Englishman River early Saturday morning. However, the big cat continued towards the resort, which was packed with summer visitors, including families with young children.
The two-year-old cat was shot in a blackberry bush, with help from members of the local RCMP.
The shooting comes just days after a young toddler was severely mauled on Vancouver Island’s West Coast by an aggressive cougar.