Fatal day for wild animals as cougar shot, bear hit by train

This cougar was photographed prowling around the back of a Coquitlam home on Wednesday. It was later shot and killed. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ERAN ROUBINI)

This cougar was photographed prowling around the back of a Coquitlam home on Wednesday. It was later shot and killed. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ERAN ROUBI)

Thursday was a fatal day for wild animals in Metro Vancouver as a cougar was shot and a bear was hit by a West Coast Express train.

In Coquitlam, a year-old female cougar was seen several times in backyards and charged homeowner saved by sliding glass doors.

“The cougar tried to get at her through the glass,” said Conservation officer Don Stahl of the attempted attack. “It was aggressive.”

The officers used frozen beaver roadkill to lure the big cat, and brought in two dogs that chased it up a tree where it was shot.

“We hoped it could be tranquilized and relocated, but it got too familiar and unafraid of people,” said area resident Eran Roubini.

Coquitlam River Park was closed Wednesday due to cougar fears, but Drake Stephens, the city’s urban wildlife co-ordinator, said it would be open Friday. There were concerns a sibling was roaming the area, but Stephens said an animal expert confirmed the cougar was alone.

Elsewhere, a bear was killed by a train at 6:50 a.m. between Mission and Maple Ridge, forcing the WCE service to be delayed about 25 minutes, TransLink spokesman Derek Zabel said.