“Does anyone know someone who owns a cheetah,” asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They have yet to hear a reply.
A adult cheetah wearing an orange cloth collar was spotted and photographed by a motorist December 17, wandering near the community of Crawford Bay, British Columbia.
Originally found near Highway 3A near Kootenay Bay, the big cat has now disappeared – leaving conservation officials and police scratching their heads. However, a conservation expert agree that cheetahs tend to be less aggressive than other members of the big cat family, but still, the warning was issued.
The public is being warned to keep a close eye on small children and pets, and to exercise caution when venturing outdoors.
If spotted, please call 911 or the Controlled Alien Species Unit of the British Columbia Conservation Service at 877-952-7277.