CHEETAH HUNT IN CANADA. LOST CHEETAH

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Seriously, If this poor Cheetah is loose in BC I seriously feel for it. In case you don't know, Canada is bloody cold in the winter.

At least whomever ID'd it, they did that correctly.

Hope they can find it.


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A big cat is on the loose in the Kootenays after being spotted hanging out near Highway 3A near Kootenay Bay, about 80 kilometres west of Cranbrook.

RCMP put out the warning late last night, giving residents in the area of Crawford Bay and Kootenay Bay the heads up, and asking in a news release, “Does anyone know someone who owns a cheetah?”

The RCMP got the report about the wandering adult cheetah around 4:30 p.m., after a sighting near the community of Crawford Bay, B.C. A motorist was able to snap a few photos — and noticed the cat was wearing an orange cloth collar.



The Mounties and British Columbia Conservation Services are now on the hunt to find the animal.

They’d also like to speak to the big cat’s custodian.

Until the big cat is corralled, people are asked to be vigilant outdoors — keeping a close eye on small children and pets.

Conservation officials say a cheetah is typically shy and less aggressive than other members of the large cat family. But it should still be treated like a wild animal, says RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

If anyone sees the cheetah, they’re asked to call 911 or the Controlled Alien Species Unit of the British Columbia Conservation Service at 877-952-7277.
 

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Photo released by the RCMP.

It's a Cheetah....

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That is one cold cat!

I wonder if Lana Stark is out looking for the poor thing?
 

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Damn global warming
 

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I'm guessing this cat couldn't be exported? Will be a tough hunt to sell.
 

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I'm guessing this cat couldn't be exported? Will be a tough hunt to sell.

We can keep them here. No CITES required either. It's already been imported.

Maybe some drug dealer let it go in Washington state and it migrated north.

Wrong decision.
 

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Can it be hunted with hounds?.....................
 

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Can it be hunted with hounds?.....................

If they have a clue they will let two hounds out and the cat would run like hell for 1000 meters and he'd stand exhausted.

or they could bait him...
 
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Apparently they know who the owner is.

The cheetah on the loose in B.C.'s Kootenay region looks like an adult female named "Annie Rose" that is likely to stalk children, says the owner of an Alberta zoo.

A cheetah was spotted wandering along the side of a snowy B.C. highway north of Creston, B.C. Thursday afternoon, triggering a public warning from the RCMP and a search by three conservation officers.

Doug Bos of Discovery Wildlife Park says the markings, collar and other details of the unidentified animal match Annie, a female cheetah that was at his facility in 2014.

"I don't know 100 per cent for sure if [it is] the same cheetah," he told CBC News. "But the chances of [it] not being the same cheetah are very unlikely."


Conservation officers haven't identified the owner of the cheetah on the loose (right) but Alberta zoo believes it may be Annie Rose based on the animal's markings and red-orange collar. (Discovery Wildlife Park and RCMP)

Discovery Wildlife Park is a provincially-registered zoo in Innisfail, Alta. that takes in orphaned wildlife and exotic animals that can't be kept legally as pets.

In 2013, Annie Rose and a male cheetah, Robin, were brought to the facility by their owners, who had imported them from Africa, said Bos.

"They are people who always wanted to have cheetahs," he said.

Conservation officers are looking for the person, who has not been publicly named, they suspect owns the cheetah.

'That cheetah will stalk little kids'
Annie Rose and Robin left the facility in October, 2014, in part for safety reasons, said Bos. He is concerned what a cheetah on the loose might do.

"That cheetah will stalk little kids," said Bos, who witnessed the behaviour when children visited his facility.

"They're very predatory like that, especially the female," he said. "That's in their nature, and they were never taught any better."

In B.C., cheetahs are considered a "controlled alien species" and it's illegal to own one without a permit — a change brought in by the B.C. government in 2009 after a Sibertian tiger mauled the girlfriend of its owner in 100 Mile House.

No individual in the province has been granted a permit to possess one — but someone in the Kootenay region has applied for one, said the Forests Ministry in a statement Friday.

Bos hopes the attention on the loose cheetah — whether it's Annie Rose or not — helps people understand why cheetahs should not be pets.

"Big cats aren't for ... the average public to own, because of these things happening," said Bos. "Do not own these big cats; they're not pets."
 

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Pretty brutal weather in the great white north. Pretty grim chance of survival,. if they don't catch it.
 

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Pretty brutal weather in the great white north. Pretty grim chance of survival,. if they don't catch it.

In that area it is about the warmest winters possible but I agree, not the greatest chances.
 

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Poor thing! Hope they can dart it and get back to the owners!
 

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Could be dangerous for the locals. It will be cold and hungry.
 

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Since the local kids deal with Cougar, Black and Grizzly Bears all the time there was not really a panic in the neighbourhood.
I'd be more worried about the family dog personally when it really gets hungry.
 

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