Man charged for harassing cougar with slingshot in Banff National Park

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“Park wardens play a key role in supporting Parks Canada’s mandate by providing law enforcement services focused on the protection of natural and cultural resources and ensuring quality visitor experiences. When visitors commit offences against the Canada National Parks Act, park wardens are there to ensure that safe, appropriate, and effective law enforcement actions are taken.”

The cougar had been on the wrong side of the highway wildlife fencing along the Trans-Canada Highway near Lake Louise. The resource conservation officers safely guided the cougar to the proper side of the fencing and away from the highway.

The case is before Canmore Provincial Court. The charges carry maximum penalties of $25,000 and $100,000.

“Parks Canada takes all reports of wildlife harassment seriously,” the statement says.

Parks Canada is encouraging everyone to report incidents of wildlife harassment to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-1470.

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