The 4-month-old cougar that made headlines last week up-Island will spend the rest of its life in captivity.
In a statement, the province said that on the advice of a wildlife veterinarian, the young cat was transferred to the Greater Vancouver Zoo so it “can do a full assessment of health and provide a permanent home.”
Menita Prassad at the zoo said she hopes to have it “on exhibit in our facility”.
“Because we will be interacting with it, it will be habituated so I don’t think release is an option,” she said.
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In the wild, a cougar lifespan ranges from 8 to 14 years.
In 2015 two Island bear cubs were in the news worldwide when they were spared from being euthanized after their mother was killed. After a year of nursing them to good health, they were released into the wild in 2016.