Search over for wandering cheetah; B.C. authorities question person of interest

VANCOUVER -- Conservation officers have called off the search for a cheetah last seen roaming a highway in British Columbia's Interior late last week.

See Full Article

Insp. Joe Caravetta of the Conservation Officer Service said Monday that there have been no reported sightings of the stray cat since it was originally spotted in the Kootenay region last Thursday.

"We haven't found the cheetah. Whether it's at large or not, we can't confirm," he said.

"At this point in time we don't feel there's a present, immediate safety risk to the public."

RCMP sent out a release Thursday evening that the big cat had been seen wandering along Highway 3 near Crawford Bay, about 50 kilometres northeast of Nelson in the Kootenay region.

The witness who happened upon the cheetah took several pictures of it walking along the gravel shoulder between the highway and a snow-covered field. The witness said the animal was wearing an orange coloured cloth collar.

Officials have spoken to one person of interest since the investigation began, Caravetta added, but didn't elaborate on why they talked with that person.

"Obviously somebody brought it here, it didn't just walk from Africa," he said. "So who brought it, where did they have it and where is it now?"

Caravetta also stressed that conservation officers were not interested in killing the animal.

"We will not destroy this cheetah," he said.

"We understand that these animals are threatened and endangered. The last thing we want to do is shoot a cheetah."

Last week the province asked the Calgary Zoo to house the animal, if found, until a more permanent, licensed facility could be located.

Zoo spokeswoman Trish Exton-Parder said the Alberta facility has the proper permits and expertise to care for a cheetah and would be happy to help.

B.C.'s Forests Ministry received a permit application currently under review to possess a cheetah in the Kootenay region, according to a ministry statement.

"However, ministry staff advise there is no indication or information as to whether the cheetah on the loose is or could be related to the above permit application," the statement said.

The Greater Vancouver Zoo currently holds the only permit to possess a cheetah in B.C., said the statement.

As for the condition of the missing African cat, Caravetta couldn't say if the animal might have died from exposure in an area where temperatures overnight Thursday reached minus 16.

B.C.'s provincial veterinarian says it would be difficult for a cheetah to survive any length of time in cold weather without food, said Caravetta.

"It doesn't look good for it if somebody hasn't already found it."



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • 'We're on a mission': Long lines as voters in four states cast early ballots

    World News CTV News
    Early voting for the U.S. election opened in four states on Friday, and the crowds at one polling station in Fairfax, Virginia, were massive. “So this is a big turnout,” said one voter, wearing a black face mask. Source
  • McConnell vows Senate vote on Trump's pick to fill Supreme Court seat after Ginsburg's death

    World News CBC News
    The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over six weeks before the election cast an immediate spotlight on the high court vacancy, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly vowing to bring to a vote whoever President Donald Trump nominates. Source
  • Peru president faces impeachment vote amid pandemic turmoil

    World News CTV News
    LIMA, PERU -- Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra's job went on the line Friday as opposition lawmakers pushed through an impeachment hearing criticized as a hasty and poorly timed ouster attempt in one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Source
  • Ontario health-care worker returns home six months after testing positive for COVID-19

    Canada News CBC News
    Six months ago, cross-border health-care worker Torry Robertson of LaSalle, Ont., contracted COVID-19 — leading to renal failure, a super bug, bacterial pneumonia and almost 40 days connected to a ventilator. Following his COVID-19 diagnosis in late March, Torry spent a total of seven weeks in the intensive care unit, eight weeks in hospital and an additional eight weeks rehabbing at Windsor Regional Hospital. Source
  • Caught on camera: DoorDash driver delivers meal, steals package in Surrey, B.C.

    Canada News CTV News
    VANCOUVER -- DoorDash is apologizing after a food delivery driver working for the company was caught on camera stealing a package from a customer's doorstep in Surrey, B.C. Thursday. Geraldine Paz posted security camera footage of the incident on her Facebook page. Source
  • Amid Hurricane Sally recovery, forecasters say 3 storms form in Gulf of Mexico

    World News CBC News
    Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power Friday along the Alabama coast and the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally as officials assessed millions of dollars in damage that included a broken bridge in Pensacola and ships thrown onto dry land. Source
  • Amid Hurricane Sally recovery, 3 more storms form

    World News CBC News
    Hundreds of thousands of people were still without power Friday along the Alabama coast and the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally as officials assessed millions of dollars in damage that included a broken bridge in Pensacola and ships thrown onto dry land. Source
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

    World News CBC News
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington, D.C., the court says. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. In July, she announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of several battles with cancer. Source
  • Four Louisiana police officers charged in Black man's death

    World News CTV News
    SHREVEPORT, LA. -- Four police officers in northwest Louisiana have been charged with negligent homicide and malfeasance in connection with the death last April of a 44-year-old Black man following a video-recorded altercation, a prosecutor's office announced Friday. Source
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies of pancreatic cancer at age 87

    World News CBC News
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington, D.C., the court says. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. In July, she announced that she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lesions on her liver, the latest of several battles with cancer. Source